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Que. backs expanded food research at Laval

Laval University’s Institute for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (INAF) is planning an $8 million-plus expansion of its Quebec City facilities.

Provincial Ag Minister Laurent Lessard on Friday announced a $6.536 million grant toward the project, which will involve expansion, renovation and the purchased of new specialized equipment, the province said in a release.

The project will also double the intake capacity of the institute’s service centre, creating 60 jobs, the province said.

INAF was founded at Laval in 1999 to advance research on food and its effects on human health, including the use of functional foods in treatments of chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. It also serves as a technology transfer centre for the functional food and nutraceutical industry, health professionals and the public, the province said.

By supporting INAF, Lessard said, the province is showing its willingness to built a “critical mass” of research and development capability in an area of strategic importance to Quebec’s economy.

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