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Updated: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:48:09 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Klaus Nielsen, accused of trying to export pathogen to China, to enter plea

Klaus Nielsen is a former Canadian Food Inspection Agency researcher.

Klaus Nielsen is a former Canadian Food Inspection Agency researcher.

A former Canadian Food Inspection Agency researcher accused of attempting to export an infectious agent to China is expected to enter a plea in an Ottawa courtroom this morning.

Klaus Nielsen was on his way to the Ottawa airport with 17 vials of bacteria that can infect humans and livestock when he was arrested in October 2012, according to RCMP.

He was charged with breach of trust for allegedly trying to commercialize CFIA property. He was also charged with unsafe transportation of a human pathogen.

Nielsen, now 68, is from Richmond, Ont.

The investigation began in March 2011, after a tip from the CFIA.

A second researcher, Wei Ling Yu, was also suspected in the same case. There is a Canada-wide warrant out for her arrest but she is believed to be in China.

Nielsen and Yu co-authored a paper about their efforts to detect Brucella bacteria that was published in the Croatian Medical Journal in 2010.

Nielsen and five other CFIA researchers were awarded the Technology Transfer Award for developing a 15-second test for detecting brucellosis in cattle.

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