Pilot Plant Program (video)

Guelph Food Research Centre is home to a unique, pilot-scale, food research facility. In the pilot plant, our scientists test new and existing food processing technologies. They work in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, university scientists and partners from the food processing sector. And they are improving food safety for all Canadians. View our video to learn more.

Video transcript

[The video opens with a grey background. The departmental signature is on screen.]

Text on screen: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

[Sci-fi music starts to play.]

[The departmental signature disappears.]

[Black lines begin to appear on screen. The lines become the title of the video.]

Text on screen: Pilot Plant Program

[The grey background with the title of the video splits and disappears off screen. It reveals an aerial shot of the pilot plant at the Guelph Research and Development Centre. Text appears on screen over the Centre.]

Text on screen: Guelph Research and Development Centre

Sampathkumar Balamurugan: The Guelph Research and Development Centre's Pilot Plant...

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan standing in a hallway at the pilot plant. He is speaking slightly off camera.]

Text on screen: S. Balamurugan, PH.D. Research Scientist. Guelph Research and Development Centre

...is a level two certified pilot plant whose purpose is to support the food processing industry...

[Cut to a series of shots of employees at the pilot plant cutting and trimming fresh cuts of beef.]

...vet their food safety requirements and develop and validate food processing technologies...

[Cut to a shot of an employee rinsing a cut of fresh beef in a container of fresh water.]

...to mitigate food safety issues.

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan and Jeffrey Farber walking through a hallway at the pilot plant.]

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan and Jeffrey Farber talking in one of the areas of the pilot plant.]

Jeffrey Farber: This is the only pilot plant...

[Cut to a shot of Jeffrey Farber standing in a laboratory at the pilot plant. He is standing slightly off camera.]

Text on screen: Jeffrey Farber, PH.D. Director. Canadian Research Institute in Food Safety

...of its kind funded by public dollars that is housed really where it's needed most.

[Cut to a shot of chickens being processed at the plant.]

[Cut to a shot of cheese being processed at the plant.]

Southern Ontario has many food processors...

[Cut to a shot of hotdogs being hung on hooks at the plant.]

[Cut to an aerial shot of the pilot plant at the Guelph Research and Development Centre.]

...so this facility is ideally located.

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan working at a fume hood.]

Daphne Nuys-Hall: Research has always been a mystery for our members...

[Cut to a shot of Daphne Nuys-Hall standing in a hallway of the pilot plant. She is speaking slightly off camera.]

Text on screen: Daphne Nuys-Hall. Technical Director. Ontario Independant Meat Processors.

...so this kind of takes the mystery out of it, they work collaboratively with the researchers to understand what the requirements are.

[Cut to a shot of meat being processed in a plant.]

[Cut to a close up shot of several people trimming fresh meat.]

Sampathkumar Balamurugan: They can deal with commercial size food products...

[Cut to a close up shot of hotdogs being packaged in a factory.]

...in commercial packaging...

[Cut to a series of close up shots of a scientist working with food pathogens.]

...and handle large volumes of pathogens that have been involved in outbreaks.

[Cut to two close up shots of test tubes in a deep freeze.]

[Cut back to the shot of Jeffrey Farber standing in a laboratory at the pilot plant.]

Jeffrey Farber: Here you can actually make the food with the pathogen already in it...

[Cut to a close up shot of a door to a work environment at the pilot plant. The signs on the door indicate that there are active pathogens being working with in that particular room.]

Text on screen: Pathogens in use: Salmonella Typhimurium, Enterohaemorrhagic E. Coli (EHEC)

[Cut to a series of close up shots of the people in that room working with the pathogens listed on the door.]

...and this really more closely simulates what actually happens out there in the real world.

[Cut to a shot of Jennifer Pacan standing in a hallway at the pilot plant.]

Text on screen: Jennifer Pacan. Pilot Plant Manager, Biological Safety Officer. Guelph Research and Development Centre.

Jennifer Pacan: We have to use some specialized equipment to make certain that any aerosols generated within the pilot plant...

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan entering a clean room before entering a main testing area at the pilot plant.]

[Close up shots of one of the analog pressure gauges at the plant.]

...are retained within the pilot plant.

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balamurugan exiting the clean room.]

[Cut to a tilt down shot of one of the working areas of the pilot plant.]

And once in the pilot plant...

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan rolling a table with equipment across the working area of the pilot plant.]

...all the equipment is handled inside...

[The shot speeds up and we see several people working in the pilot plant.]

[Cut to a shot of workers wearing protective clothing and working inside one of the containment units.]

...primary containment units...

[Cut to a shot of a female employee working inside a containment unit.]

...which function in the same manner...

[Cut to a shot of an empty containment unit.]

...as the much smaller scale biological safety cabinets...

[Cut to a tilt down shot of the exterior of one of the containment units.]

...that you see in the laboratory.

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan standing in a hallway at the pilot plant.]

Sampathkumar Balaburugan: There's two primary areas of focus in the pilot plant.

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan putting on a hairnet.]

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan washing his rubber boots at a cleaning station.]

One is mitigation of food safety risks for the industry...

[Cut to a series of shots of Sampathkumar Balaburugan working with fresh meat in a lab. He takes a picture of the piece of meat. He cuts away a piece of the meat then places it in a bag on a scale.]

...and the second is the development and validation of food processing technologies from a food safety perspective.

[Cut to a time lapse shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan working under a fume hood.]

Daphe Nuys-Hall: The pilot plant affords the industry an opportunity to send their products, hand over their processes...

[Cut to a shot of Daphne Nuys-Hall standing in a hallway at the pilot plant.]

...to the facility to be validated to ensure...

[Cut to a shot of several employees working in one of the containment units.]

...they're meeting the food safety and regulatory requirements...

[Cut to a close up shot of a working sprinkling spices and salt on several portions of fresh meat.]

[Cut to a wider shot to show all the workers sprinkling spices and salt on the portions of meat.]

...for both the domestic...

[Cut to a close up shot of a worker stacking the spiced cuts of meat in a clean container.]

...and international markets.

[Cut to a shot of the workers putting some of the cuts of meat into bags.]

[Cut to a shot of some of the workers sliding a bag over one of the containers of spiced meat.]

Sampathkumar Balaburugan: The partnership is dependent...

[Cut to a close up shot of a worker writing on one of the bags with a black marker.]

[Cut to a shot of several workers, all wearing protective clothing, carrying the containers wrapped in plastic bags.]

...on the industry coming to us...

[Cut to a shot of the workers placing the containers wrapped in plastic on a metal shelf.]

...with an issue...

[Cut to a shot of a worker closing one of the large doors of a containment unit.]

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan standing in a hallway at the pilot plant.]

...and giving us enough information...

[Cut to a shot of workers hanging cuts of meat on hooks.]

...for us to understand...

[Cut to a close up of one of the workers in the pilot plant.]

...how the product is manufactured...

[Cut to a series of shots of workers in the pilot plant working with cuts of fresh meat.]

...so we can actually replicate the entire process.

[Cut to a series of shots of workers in the pilot plant.]

[Cut to an aerial shot of the pilot plant.]

Jennifer Pacan: Our industry partners can expect discretion and take confidence in our...

[Cut to a shot of Jennifer Pacan standing in a hallway at the pilot plant.]

...robust standard operating procedures...

[Cut to a shot of workers in protective gear walking towards a containment unit at the pilot plant.]

...and significant documentation.

[Cut to a shot of two workers inside a containment unit at the pilot plant.]

Jeffrey Farber: In addition...

[Cut to a shot of Jeffrey Farber in a laboratory at the pilot plant.]

...this plant can provide training...

[Cut to a close up shot of a woman in protective clothing looking at one of the large machines inside the pilot plant.]

...for the next generation...

[Cut to a close up shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan working inside the pilot plant.]

...of food safety...

[Cut to a series of close up shot of test tubes in a deep freezer.]

...leaders and scientists.

[Cut to an long aerial shot of the Guelph Research and Development Centre and the Pilot Plant.]

Sampathkumar Balagurugan: I think it's useful and important for the industry to understand that a containment facility...

[Cut to a shot of several workers inside a containment unit. They are working with fresh meat.]

...such as the pilot plant exists...

[Cut to a shot of a woman working with a large machine inside a containment area in the pilot plant.]

...for the industry to come...

[Cut to a shot of Sampathkumar Balaburugan standing in a hallway in the pilot plant.]

...so we can assist them with their food safety requirements.

[Cut to an long aerial shot of the Guelph Research and Development Centre and the Pilot Plant.]

[The grey background from the beginning returns. One rectangle comes down from the top and one comes up from the bottom. They don't cover the whole screen. We can still see the image of the Guelph Research and Development Centre and the Pilot Plant. Text appears on the grey background.]

Text on screen: For improved food safety and process validation, Contact us today.

Text on screen: aafc.grdpilotplant-rdcgusinepilote.aac@canada.ca

[Cut to black.]

Text on screen: (c) Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2017)

[Cut to the animated Canada workmark.]

[The sci-fi music fades out.]

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