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 Expert  107939

Expert in Food Packaging, Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Additives; FDA Compliance, Dairy, JECFA, WHO & FAO

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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FOOD PACKAGING; FOOD CHEMISTRY; FOOD SAFETY. Expert is an expert in food packaging technology, materials, processes, packaging migrants, and toxicology. His primary area of expertise lies in the overlapping relationships between packaging technologies, food processing/chemistry, and food safety/toxicology. He is especially well-versed in the effects of packaging on food safety and quality. He has expertise in packaging migrants and food additives. Expert has been a national scientific lecturer for the Institute of Food Technologists and teaches short courses on food packaging and food safety.

DAIRY PRODUCT SHELF LIFE. Along with colleagues, Expert conducted research on increasing the shelf life of dairy foods by adding carbon dioxide. His earliest work involved adding CO2 to cottage cheese, which has a relatively short shelf life of about 21 days. The results showed that adding CO2 and packaging the product in high-barrier materials increased the shelf life by 2-3 times, and had no effect on the product's flavor. This process was commercialized with the help of Praxair, and 13 U.S. dairies have been adding CO2 to cottage cheese for the past year. Expert predicts that his discovery has potential for use with dairy mixes (ice cream, yogurt), fluid milk or cream that is transported for further processing, long-distance transportation of dairy ingredients, and bulk storage of raw milk.

FDA PACKAGING REGULATIONS. Expert is active in regulatory issues related to food safety and packaging. He is a former Fellow and Staff Scientist of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Academy of Science's Committee on Food Chemicals Codex. He served as an advisor to the Pew foundation's work on the safety of food additives migrants.

PACKAGING MIGRATION; FOOD PACKAGING PLASTIC. Expert is an expert on the migration or transfer of package components to products such as food. He has studied food packaging polymers and other food packaging components to see how much of such material migrates into the food that is packaged. He has both research and regulatory (FDA) experience in this area.

PACKAGE-PRODUCT INTERACTIONS; MODIFIED ATMOSPHERE PACKAGING. Expert is an expert in the effects of packaging on flavor, quality, and the shelf life of products. He has research experience in the area, especially as it relates to interactions between food flavor and packaging and the influence of modified atmosphere packaging on microbiology of foods.


Food and Drug Administration food packaging regulation


food chemistry


food package


food packaging plastic


food packaging process


food safety


modified atmosphere packaging


package-food product interaction


packaging migration


indirect food additive


plastic food package

Expert has worked on use, safety, and standards for food additives with the National Academy of Sciences (Food Chemicals Codex) and Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) for WHO and FAO for several years.

food additive


food additive regulation


food additive safety


Food and Drug Administration CFR-21 part 175


Food and Drug Administration compliance


Food and Drug Administration food regulation


food regulatory compliance


food toxicity


Generally Recognized As Safe

Expert is the former Chairman at Cornell University and Director of the Institute of Food Science at Cornell. He also was the director of the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. He has served on several national and international panels and research boards, including those of the Institute of Food Technologists. He taught courses in food product development and has published over 300 research articles related to food, packaging, and food safety.

food research and development

Expert conducts research on shelf life, especially as influenced by packaging and processing technologies. He has worked extensively in the use of carbon dioxide in processing and packaging foods.

food shelf life


food wrap


multi-layered packaging material

Expert has been active in a number of international committees and organizations with interest in food additive and packaging safety.

Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives


Food and Agriculture Organization

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona;  Tucson, Arizona;  Mesa, Arizona;  Glendale, Arizona;  Scottsdale, Arizona;  Chandler, Arizona;  Tempe, Arizona;  Gilbert, Arizona;  and Peoria, Arizona.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Packaging Technology
Food Additives and Ingredients, Food Processing
Food Processing and Packaging
Product Development, Product Safety, Regulatory Compliance,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1979   Ph.D.   Food Chemistry-Toxicology   Oregon State University  
1978   M.S.   Food Chemistry-Toxicology   Oregon State University  
1971   B.A.   Chemistry   University of Northern Colorado  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to 2009


Cornell University


Food Science Department


Professor and Chairman


Expert is professor emeritus and former Chair of the department. He is also former director of the School of Packaging at Michigan State University

1986 to 1992


Cornell University


Food Science Department


Associate Professor


Taught courses in food packaging and developed research program in the safety (toxicology) of foods and packaging.

1980 to 1986


Cornell University


Food Science Department


Assistant Professor


Taught courses in food packaging and developed research program in the safety (toxicology) of foods and packaging.

1979 to 1980


U.S. Food & Drug Administration



Scientist/Ph.D. Fellow


He was a research fellow with responsibilities in indirect additives such as those associated with food packaging.

1974 to 1979


Oregon State University



Research Assistant


Graduate studies and research in toxicology, organic chemistry

1972 to 1974


Coors Brewing





Senior research chemist

2009 to 2015


Michigan State University


School of Packaging


Professor and Director


Expert directed the packaging program and the Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of: FDA's Food Advisory Committee; Institute of Food Technologists; American Chemical Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Society of Toxicology; Sigma Xi; and Phi Kappa Phi.

Professional Appointments

He is on the IFT Expert Panel on Food Safety and Nutrition and is an IFT National Scientific Lecturer. He is on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including the Journal of Food Safety and the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.


Expert is a fellow of the Institue of Food Technologists and elected to the Packaging Hall of Fame.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author of numerous publications in his field.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture  
 - Royal Society of Chemistry  
 - Packaging Technology and Science  
 - Journal of Food Protection  
 - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1979 to 1980   FDA   PHS Fellow, Food Advisory Committee   Expert has served at the FDA in several capacities. Currently, he is a member of FDA's Food Advisory Committee.
1992 to 2000   WHO/FAO   Consultant and Committee Member   Expert served on the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) for WHO/FAO.

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Food contract manufacturing expert for consulting on Nutritional Food Contract Manufacturing/Packaging.
  • FDA expert for consulting on compliance to export into the US.
  • Food science packaging expert for consulting on Dried Fruit an Nut Manufacturer.
  • Food science expert for consulting on issues related to plastic materials coming into contact with food.
  • Expert for consulting on new USP Guidleines for Drug Products referencing Food Additives
  • Expert for consulting on vacuum sealing and pasteurization.
  • Expert for consulting on Ingredient flavoring, colors and additives.
  • Expert for consulting on Seeking Fda, Organic packaging. 12,000,000 annually.
  • Expert to assist in Switching from PVC to Polyethylene film
  • Food expert legal for consulting on Food Safety.
  • Manufactured food product consulting on a rancid food product
  • San francisco FDA regulatory expert dietary supplement for consulting on Probiotics/medical foods/dietary supplements/cGMP.
  • FDA expert for consulting on approval beverage energy drink.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on cupcake packaging for shipping.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served as an expert witness in federal and state cases related to packaging safety, liability, insect infestation, and intellectual property law.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in FDAcompliance food packaging.
  • Expert for consulting on interpretation and explanation of "fields of use" in license agreement.
  • Incinerator expert needed for consultation regarding the impact of an incinerator near a packaging plant.
  • Food and drug administration (FDA) expert needed for consulting on packaging of whey powder.
  • Expert in self-heating beverages to consult on their safety and performance.
  • Expert for consulting on Form Fill Seal Paterazation Machine Equiptment.
  • Expert in ammonia for consulting on contamination of butter.
  • Expert for consulting on frozen food film packaging malfunction.
  • Food science expert for consulting on definition of dairy defoamer vs. antifoamer for litigation case.
  • Fisheries expert for consulting on ciguaterra defense case.
  • FDA expert needed for consulting regarding FDA regulation needed for ongoing litigation.
  • Food safety expert for consulting on food safety litigation.
  • Expert fda labelling for consulting on Correcting Ingredient Label.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on mouse found in bagged food product.
  • Food safety expert for litigation involving contaminated cheese(foreign substance.)
  • Food safety expert for consulting on product recall of Egyptian basil supplied by a client.
  • Food safety expert witness for consulting on coffee temperature that could cause second degree burns.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Europe   Expert has worked on European packaging and regulatory issues. He has also worked on European patent issues.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert participates in numerous seminars related to food safety and packaging technology.


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