Ensuring the Safety of our Food

Maple Leaf Foods has three accredited laboratories that perform several types of testing to maximize our food quality and safety.
Employee in Lab looking through microscope.

It is our goal to always provide consumers safe, great tasting food that is produced in a bio-secure environment. That is Our Safety Promise. 

Maple Leaf Foods Laboratory ImageAt Maple Leaf Foods, we have several systems in place, including food safety laboratories, to maximize food quality and safety, and minimize health risks. Maple Leaf Foods laboratories are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited with Standards Council of Canada. Our laboratory staff are highly trained and experienced in chemical and microbiological qualitative and quantitative analysis in food, and the food processing environments. 

The laboratories use advanced techniques and equipment to provide food safety risk assessments, investigative testing, and methods (analytical and testing) development and validation. We perform robust and vigilant chemical tests, such as levels of fat, sodium and total sugars, and microbiological tests, such as e coli, listeria and salmonella. We also conduct shelf-life studies and pathogen testing. These tests help us to identify any irregularities before problems arise. 

We are committed to researching and investing in innovative technologies that improve efficiency while maintaining our exceptional food safety and quality assurance. 

Allergens have repeatedly been a top reason for recalls in the food industry and as a result, the control and testing of allergens has become a prime focus for Maple Leaf Foods. We are exploring new testing methodologies for both quantitative and qualitative allergen detection.  This will ensure that we take a proactive approach to allergen management in our processing plants and have the testing capabilities at our laboratory to test for allergens, such as gluten, soy, milk, egg, etc.

Maple Leaf Foods Laboratory ImageThe microbiology laboratories are committed to evaluating new and emerging technologies that are faster and more sensitive. When we apply scientific rigor, we ensure that the food we test is free from pathogens.