High Pressure Processing Facility

Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Investigates the response of foodborne pathogens to high pressure processing

Area(s) of Expertise

The High Pressure Processing Facility (located within the Bureau of Microbial Hazards (BMH), Food Directorate) provides equipment and facilities for experiments on the response of foodborne pathogens to high pressure processing. Two experimental high pressure processing units are available with 1 litre or 2.2 mL pressure vessels. This equipment is housed within a Containment Level 2 Laboratory permitting experiments with Risk Group 2 pathogens. BMH scientists have expertise and experience conducting experiments on the response to high pressure of bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Research Services

Access can be provided to two experimental high pressure processing units (1 litre or 2.2 mL pressure vessel) within a Containment Level 2 laboratory.

Assistance is available on background, experimental planning and design experiments with the microbiology of high pressure processing of foods.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

D470, Banting Building

1 litre pressure unit Dustec GmbH

Pressure vessel, 1 litre

Pressure medium, water

Max pressure, 6000 bar

Min temp, ambient

Max temp, 90°C

D470, Banting Building

Micropump MP5, Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Pressure vessel, 2.2 millilitre

Pressure medium, hydrocarbon liquid

Max pressure, 7000 bar

Min temp -20°C

Max temp, 120°C