Officially Recognized Foreign Seed Testing Laboratories

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The Canadian seed certification system relies on accredited industry personnel and laboratories to perform various activities that result in traceable information being generated for official seed certification (labelling with an official seed tag and/or a Canada pedigreed grade name). The principal activities concerned, following official certification of the seed crop, are seed sampling, seed testing, grading, labelling and documentation.

Seed laboratories must meet the requirements set out in the Seed Laboratory Accreditation and Audit Protocol (SLAAP) in order to be accredited by CFIA. This document establishes a quality system-based approach to laboratory accreditation based on the ISO Guide 17025. There are approximately 35 seed laboratories in Canada accredited pursuant to the SLAAP that test seed in support of the Canadian seed certification program.

The Seed Testing Laboratory Accreditation Standard (STLAS) of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) is considered by the CFIA to be equivalent to the SLAAP. Similarly, the Accredited Seed Laboratory (ASL) Program of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) is also recognized as equivalent to the SLAAP.

The following foreign seed testing laboratories have applied to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for official recognition. Their facilities, testing protocols and personnel have been assessed under the STLAS by ISTA, the ASL Program by USDA-AMS or ISO/IEC: 17025. In all cases, a subsequent evaluation by CFIA confirmed adequate knowledge of the Canadian Methods and Procedures for Testing Seed. As a result, the reports of analysis issued by these laboratories may be used by an accredited grader to establish a Canadian pedigreed grade name for seed lots destined for marketing in Canada.

  • Sharon Davidson
    Agri Seed Testing
    1930 Davcor Ct. SE
    Salem, OR 97302
    Telephone: 503-585-1440
    Facsimile: 503-5880733
    Email: sdagriseed@comcast.net
  • DaNell Jamieson
    BioDiagnostics, Inc.
    507 Highland Drive
    River Falls, WI 54022
    Telephone: 715-426-0246
    Facsimile: 715-426-0251
    Email: DaNellJamieson@EurofinsUS.com
  • Sarah Dammen
    SGS Brookings
    236 32nd Ave.
    Brookings, SD 57006
    Telephone: 605-692-7611
    Facsimile: 605-692-7617
    Email: sarah.dammen@sgs.com
  • Shannon Hofstadter
    Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Beal Seed Quality Facility
    7150 NW 70th Ave.
    P.O. Box 227
    Johnston, IA 50131-0227
    Telephone: 515-254-2796
    Facsimile: 515-254-2789
    Email: shannon.hofstadter@pioneer.com
  • Laura Wood
    Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Tipton Seed Quality Facility
    1000 West Jefferson Street
    Tipton, IN 46072
    Telephone: 765-675-2101
    Facsimile: 765-675-8767
    Email: laura.wood@pioneer.com
  • Bradley Johnson
    AgReliant Genetics, LLC
    418 North Jefferson Street
    Brimfield, IL 61517
    Telephone: 309-446-9830
    Facsimile: 309-446-3095
    Email: brad.johnson@agreliant.com
  • Victor Shaul
    Washington State Department of Agriculture
    Seed Program
    21 14 1st Ave.
    Yakima, WA 98902
    Telephone: 509-429-6950
    Facsimile: 509-454-4395
    Email: vshaul@agr.wa.gov
  • Oregon State University Seed Laboratory
    3291 SW Campus Way
    Telephone: 541-737-4464
    Facsimile: 541-737-2126
    Email: seedlab@oregonstate.edu
  • Steve Beals
    Illinois Crop Improvement Association
    3105 Research Road
    Champaign, Illinois 61822
    Telephone: 217-359-4053
    Facsimile: 217-359-4075
    Email: sbeals@ilcrop.com
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