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CBC Marketplace Consumer Mask Testing

Published: November 13th, 2020

Revised: February 23rd, 2023

Originally aired November 13 2020 on CBC Marketplace

Wearing a mask is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19, but rigorous tests conducted on behalf of CBC’s Marketplace found that while some work very well, others offer little protection from the particles that transmit the novel coronavirus. One type of mask can even spread those particles to others

Sporometrics own Dr. James Scott joined the CBC Marketplace investigators to test out various types of masks based on materials, thickness, and whether masks with vents contained an added advantage. Find out which ones passed the test and which ones you should avoid using here

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Sporometrics receives Drug Establishment Licence

Published: January 30th, 2019

Revised: March 30th, 2020

In 2017, Sporometrics was issued a Drug Establishment License (DEL) by Health Canada, in accordance to the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations (Division 1). The license enables us to test pharmaceutical products including hard surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers. Health Canada conducts periodic inspections of our facility and operations to ensure our adherence with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

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Accreditation for qPCR

Published: June 2nd, 2017

Revised: May 5th, 2020

Sporometrics is now accredited for Molecular methods!

We are pleased to announce accreditation for two new qPCR methods: Legionella pneumophila by qPCR and Mycobacterium chimaera by qPCR. Molecular methods represent the state of the art in microbiological forensic analysis and can provide results much faster than traditional methods.

This accreditation represents the single most comprehensive and widely recognized international credential in the performance of environmental microbiological laboratory analyses of a range of matrices from the built environment.

Our Technical Manager, Michael Saleh, played a key role in developing the EMLAP PCR Accreditation Field of Testing at AIHA-LAP, LLC and conducted training for volunteers and site assessors.  Check out the August 2017 issue of the Synergist for more information about this new field of molecular testing.

Our dedication to the ongoing and rigorous quality assurance practices mandated by this accreditation represents our continued commitment to you and your clients. We thank you for your business and value your suggestions as we continue to improve the quality of our services.

Agritech Trade Mission to Brazil

Published: March 28th, 2017

Revised: January 30th, 2019

Sporometrics was selected to participate in the Canadian AgriTech Mission to Brazil led by Global Affairs Canada and NRC-IRAP. The Mission has been organized by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). The goals are to establish industrial R&D collaboration and co-development opportunities in the AgriTech sector between Canadian and Brazilian companies leading to future commercial benefits for Canada and Brazil. The Mission will take place on the margins of the “AgriShow Ribeirão” (, the largest trade event in Latin America for farm equipment and technologies.

Target contacts will include senior executives, managers, investors, government representatives, service providers, research centres/universities and commercial partners. The Mission will focus on establishing strategic contacts, generating business through meetings and promoting networking tackling priority areas such as Automation of the agriculture value-chain; precision agriculture technologies; management (of the farm & production); traceability (livestock, grains, fruits); grains handling and storage management technologies; pest control; crop monitoring, soil analysis.

The mission will comprise briefings, networking events with the local AgriTech and agriculture community, and partnership development one-on-one meeting sessions with Brazilian counterparts.  This mission will provide Canadian companies with a unique opportunity to establish a personal relationship with key Brazilian business counterparts, which is required for doing business in Brazil and will enable further collaboration, co-development and business in the near future.

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Group A Streptococcus Outbreak

Published: March 10th, 2017

Revised: February 23rd, 2023

On March 17, 2016, TPH (Toronto Public Health) declared an outbreak of Group A Streptococcus in Toronto’s largest homeless shelter.

The Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacterium can cause many different infections that range from minor illnesses (strep throat, scarlet fever) to very serious and deadly diseases (post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis) that can lead to flesh-eating disease, meningitis or sepsis.

Although the number of infected persons were declining from the beginning of the outbreak in March to September, TPH were still finding new carriers of the bacterium from routine screenings of both employees of the shelters as well as their patrons. The first attempt to mitigate the outbreak was unsuccessful due to the lack of eliminating the environmental reservoir, the homeless shelter itself – as like with many bacteria, GAS can survive on hard surfaces touched by infected persons.

Sporometrics was pleased to lend our efforts to aid in the containment of this outbreak by determining the presence of GAS in various places to target the problem areas of infection such as the lockers, cots, tables and floors for proper cleaning and disinfection.

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