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Expert in Food Protection: Defense & Safety: Sorbic Acid; Microbial Quality, HACCP, FDA FSMA

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Minnesota (MN)
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Expert has devoted a major portion of his career to research and teaching related to food safety issues, especially food microbiology. A special emphasis has been directed at new and traditional preservation techniques and how their modification and application influence surviving hazardous microorganisms. His experience is broad in various commodities and processes but he primarily focuses on extended shelf-life products.

Evaluations of safety and stability of products and processes that utilize selected preservatives such as sorbic acid have received much attention from Expert. He has studied a variety of products and has assisted several organizations in their use of food additives and preservatives. He can answer a variety of in-depth questions on food spoilage detection and food stability.

Expert has supervised a variety of programs directed at solving problems related to cleaning and sanitation. He is especially expert in areas involving resistant microbial forms such as bacterial spores.

Expert has expertise involving the control and evaluation of problems associated with resistant forms of Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens, Clostridium botulinum, etc. A regular activity of Expert's involves the review of products and processes for potential spoilage and food-borne disease problems.

His areas of expertise also include Food Defense, the intentional contamination of food, Economically Motivated Adulteration of food, adulteration of Food, intentional adulteration of food, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


food safety


food stability


food quality assurance


food preservation


food preservative


food antimicrobial additive


food aseptic processing


food microbiology




food contamination


Food Defense


adulteration of food


economically motivated adulteration of food


Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)


intentional adulteration of food


intentional contamination of food

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Microbiology, Toxicology, Preservation, and Spoilage;...
Food Quality Control & Development
Food Packaging, Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Additives;...
Food Additives and Ingredients, Food Processing

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1963   Ph.D.   Food Science (Microbiology)   University of Illinois  
1961   M.S.   Dairy Industries (Microbiology)   (Undisclosed University)  
1957   B.A.   Bacteriology   (Undisclosed University)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1999 to


(Undisclosed University)


Food Science & Nutrition


Professor Emeritus


Expert co-advises graduate students in their research, and guest lectures on food safety.

1999 to 2012


Institute of Food Technologists



Senior Science Advisor


He leads activities on a food safety contract for the FDA.

1987 to 1998


(Undisclosed University)


Food Science & Nutrition


Professor and Department Head


He administered the Department (with a $7,000,000 annual budget), advised students, and lectured on food safety and control.

1997 to 1997




Microbiology Products


Visiting Professor (Sabbatical)


Expert spent one year identifying unarticulated needs in the food industry that could be addressed with 3M innovative technology.

1984 to 1987


University of Florida, Gainesville


Food Science & Human Nutrition


Professor and Department Chair


Expert administered the academic and fiscal activities of the 30-faculty department.

1967 to 1984


(Undisclosed University)


Food Science & Nutrition




He conducted research, taught, and did outreach in food microbiology and safety.

1980 to 1981


Ecolab - Capsule Lab


International Market Development


Manager (Sabbatical)


He performed market research to determine needs for quality and HACCP training and implementation.

1974 to 1975


CSIRO - Australia



Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical)


Expert performed research on bacterial spores and food microbiology.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert was President (1995-96) of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He is/was also a member of ASM, IAFP, ADSA, AMSA, ASQ, AAAS, ASNS, AACC, NEHA, SAB (UK), and IFST (UK).


He is a Certified Food Scientist (IFT), a Registered Scientist (IFST), and A Registered Specialist in Food, Dairy and Sanitation Microbiology (National Registry of Microbiologists, AAM).

Professional Appointments

Expert was a Senior Science Advisor to FDA/IFT in 3 five-year contracts and other grants to produce reviews on food safety. He was also a member of the FDA Food Advisory Committee. Expert was on the editorial board for Letters in Applied Microbiology Food Control, Journal of Food Safety, and Journal of Processing and Preservation. He was advisor to the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Bacteriology.


He is a Fellow of IFT, Fellow of the International Association for Food Protection, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Fellow of AAAS, Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). He has also received numerous other awards. He chaired the Food Forum of the Institute of Medicine in the National Academies from 2011 to 2014. He was President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in 1995/96

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has over 125 refereed journal publications and has delivered over 125 abstracted presentations. He has two patents, one for a process of treating lettuce and other salad ingredients, the other for a method of production and recovery of protein from food wastes.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Food Protection  
 - ASM Press  
 - Nutrition Research  
 - Journal of Food Protection  
 - Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2002 to 2005   FDA   Food Advisory Committee   Expert served as Chair of the subcommittee on contaminants and toxic substances.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert evaluated programs in microbiological testing procedures of a start-up company for a venture capitalist.
  • He evaluated existing and refined microbiological specifications for a major condiment manufacturer.
  • Expert addressed unusual challenges in food microbiology and sanitation for a major drygoods manufacturer.
  • He developed a procedure to extend the shelf-life of chopped produce salads.
  • Expert assessed the effects of potential process variations on food safety.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on broken glass food jar at grocery store litigation.
  • Food safety expert for consulting on assistance in designing and implementing national food safety and defense training program.
  • Expert in food manufacturing for consulting on validation, inspection and certification, both domestically and internationally.
  • Expert in juice process authority for consulting on Cherry Juice Concentrate Process Authority.
  • Expert in process strategies to control contamination in enzyme manufacturing process.
  • Expert for consulting on Salsa preservatives
  • Expert in food shelf life extension for consulting on chocolate truffles shelf life.
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:
All cases that I have served as subject matter expert or expert witness have been settled out of court, sometimes the day before initial court sessions. I suspect that my expertise had an influence in these outcomes.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Food spoilage expert for consulting on mold growth as an indicator of length ot time foos was exposed.
  • Expert for consulting on Fire safety and food safety issues at potato processing plant.
  • Expert food and drug administration for consulting on Food Safety.
  • Seafood HACCP expert for consulting on expert witness in Personal Injury Lawsuits on Ciguatera Toxin.
  • Expert sanitizer for food manufacture.
  • Expert in intota for consulting on Food borne Illness, food safety.
  • Expert for consulting on interpretation and explanation of "fields of use" in license agreement.
  • FDA expert witness for consulting on an atypical antipsychotic..
  • Expert in self-heating beverages to consult on their safety and performance.
  • Food safety expert expert Minnesota for consulting on HAACCP, SSOP procedures write up and training of employees to meet FDA standard.
  • Fda labeling expert dietary for consulting on FDA dietary supplement.
  • Expert in food borne illness and regulatory compliance for litigation in Canada involving the ordinary standard of care to be employed by the CFIA, PHAC and HC.
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:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1974 to 1975   Australia   Expert performed food safety microbiology research on food at CSIRO.
1980 to 1981   South Africa   He implemented HACCP and quality management programs for a national dairy.
1980 to 1998   Morocco   Expert conducted an educational workshop and research training programs on seven trips of one to six weeks each.
1976 to 1976   United Kingdom   He performed a three-month study on Clostridium botulinum control in meat products.
1999 to 1999   Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia   Expert did a lecture series on food safety and HACCP, making 12 presentations in two weeks in six countries.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   Expert has very modest reading ability in scientific French.

Market Research:
Expert's sabbatical at 3M identified time-temperature integrators and market research. His sabbatical with Ecolab focused on food quality management.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has taught on: the control of microorganisms in food; HACCP; and food safety objectives. Recently he has been an expert leader in food defense training and administering protection against intentionally contaminated or adulterated foods by terrorists or individual industry members.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

He is knowledgeable of cleaning and sanitizing suppliers and programs. He is expert in food defense vulnerability assessments and programs.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has been instructing quality management and HACCP programs for nearly 30 years. Recognition of preventative programs embraced by TQM and HACCP continues to require close supervision in their application and interpretation. He anticipates that his expertise will be useful in assisting firms in complying with the FSMA regulations as they become available.


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