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Expert in Food Processing and Packaging

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Virginia (VA)
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During the past 14 years, Expert has had an active research program in aseptic processing and packaging. This program has included university and industry research into package/product interactions, aseptic processing equipment, and packaging systems. His current research includes biological verification of aseptic processing systems for low-acid, particulate food products.

aseptic filling


aseptic packaging process


food aseptic processing


liquid packaging process

Expert's activity in this area includes teaching graduate and undergraduate food processing courses, which include food sterilization. One of his active areas of research is the sterilization of multi-layer plastic food containers.

food retorting


food sterilization

The emphasis of Expert's research in package closures and testing has been package integrity testing of heat sealed containers. This research has identified non-destructive methods for integrity testing of flexible and semi-rigid containers. Other package testing includes oxygen and moisture transmission testing.

package closure


package testing


package testing requirement

Expert has investigated and published on many different Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications. He began in work with poultry products and continues to be actively involved in research for cheese and other dairy products. Recent activities include broccoli packaging and packaging of fresh herbs.

modified atmosphere packaging

Expert has worked with aseptic fluid food processing and packaging. He has been a trainer for aseptic processors in eight states and continues to consult for dairy manufacturers. Along with dairy products Expert has been involved in consulting for infant formula and adult nutritional aseptic processing.

dairy product aseptic processing

One of the primary research areas for Expert has been the investigation of integrity testing for flexible and semi-rigid food containers. His research has established the characteristics and conditions that microleakers would lead to a loss of hermetic seals.

integrity testing


package integrity

Expert is a program coordinator for the FDA/USDA approved Better Process Control School. Expert has taught this school approximately 30 times including foreign country locations.

low-acid food

In addition to integrity testing Expert has been actively involved in evaluating nondestructive test methods to detect microleakers. He has published on the suitability of acoustic testing for plastic and paper containers.

nondestructive testing

Expert is currently a Principal Investigator on a multiyear, multi-university NASA project to develop an ohmic heating food package for the mission to Mars. As part of this team he has investigated both flexible and rigid containers that might be used on a lunar base camp or the Mars mission.

ohmic food processing

For five years Expert was a principal investigator at the Citrus Agricultural Research and Education Center located in Lake Alfred, Florida. While there he conducted research on both orange processing and packaging.


While Expert's main research interest has been the interaction between foods and their containers, the result has been to look at many plastic food contact surfaces and how they can be improved. Active packaging is a major component of his ongoing research.

plastic container


package-food product interaction

Expert participated in sous-vide experiments to determine if the standards as practiced in Europe could be safe from C. botulinum during refrigerated distribution.

sous-vide packaging

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Greensboro, North Carolina;  Winston Salem, North Carolina;  High Point, North Carolina;  Roanoke, Virginia;  Lynchburg, Virginia;  and Charleston, West Virginia.

Often requested
with this expert:

Food Packaging Technology
Food Packaging, Food Safety, Food Quality, Food Additives;...
Aseptic Processing, Aseptic Packaging
Food Packaging, Retail Products Packaging, Foodservice...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1980   Ph.D.   Food Science   North Carolina State University  
1976   M.S.   Food Technology & Science   University of Tennessee  
1974   B.S.   Food Technology & Science   University of Tennessee  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1988 to


(Undisclosed University)


Food Science and Technology Department




Expert has a research and teaching program that investigates the interaction of packaging materials and foods. He is also involved in leak detection research and active packaging for foods.

1989 to


(Undisclosed University)





He is a consultant to the food and packaging industry with emphasis on aseptic and retortable food packaging.

1984 to 1988


Rampart Packaging, Inc .



Business Development Manager


Expert provided technical marketing and business development for high barrier plastic food packaging.

1980 to 1984


University of Florida


Food Science Department


Assistant Professor


His research was in aseptic processing and packaging of citrus juices.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, the Institute of Packaging Professions, and the American Chemical Society

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 3 book chapters, 45 referred publications, and various other publications and patents in food science and packaging.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry  
 - Polymer Plastics Technology and Engineering  
 - Journal of Food Protection  
 - Year Book of Packaging; Food Processors Institute  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Food science packaging expert for consulting on Dried Fruit an Nut Manufacturer.
  • Expert in capsule packaging needed for consulting on glue capsule.
  • Expert in Testing vacuum storage bags for consultaion in evaluation of current quality procedures.
  • Expert needed to source a 12 oz. stock glass bottle with frost.
  • Aseptic process expert for consulting on in Food Processing and Packaging.
  • PLA plastic expert for consulting on Inquiry.
  • Plastic packaging design expert food rigid closures for consulting on Kekoa - Food Packaging.
  • Expert in controlled atmosphere packaging for consulting on Tomato Lettuce and Onion Atmosphere Controlled packing.
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 was an expert witness for package integrity and food processing litigation.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Aseptic Bottling.
  • Food quality control expert needed for consulting regarding a canned tomato product quality control.
  • Expert in patent cases to evaluate a number of patents and the prior art with regard to the determination of whether a seal for individually wrapped cheese is "hermetic".
  • Expert in self-heating beverages to consult on their safety and performance.
  • Food safety expert for consulting on food safety litigation.
  • Expert for consulting on requirements for further meat processing USDA litigation.
  • Food packaging expert for consulting on mouse found in bagged food product.
  • Expert witness in aseptic packaging for consulting on contamination and sterilization issues of non-dairy beverages.
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
1985 to 1993   Western Europe   Expert started as business development advisor for the UK manufacturing of Rampart Packaging and then continued as an independent consultant.
1998 to 2001   Egypt, Morocco   He worked with USAID funded agencies to provide food processing information to local canned and aseptic food companies.

Additional Skills and Services:

He was Program Coordinator for FDA/USDA Better Process Control Schools.


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