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 Expert  721955

Expert in Food Safety & Food Microbiology

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Expert' current research interests include rapid detection of foodborne pathogens; factors controlling growth and survival of microorganisms in foods; and beneficial uses of microorganisms. Expert has authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles. He has supervised the thesis research of 19 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students who have graduated from the Expert's University. He is engaged in research to develop detection methods for foodborne microorganisms and to learn more about how microorganisms behave in food and food production/ processing environments.

Bacillus cereus




dairy product safety




food research and development


food safety


food spoilage


food-borne illness


food-borne pathogenic bacterium




microbiology laboratory




microorganism observation

Expert along with his research team has developed diagnostic methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens that can be applied directly in foods. They have developed novel methods for using bacteriophage to detect foodborne pathogens which are being commercialized.

food-borne pathogen

He is a leader in the application of bioluminescence for the study and detection of foodborne microorganisms. This allows him to study organisms in vivo without recourse to culture. The full potential for the use of bacteriophage for detecting, identifying and controlling microorganisms has yet to be realised. There is substantial interest in the development of phage as antimicrobial agents for use in human and veterinary medicine. They also have the potential for controlling contamination at food processing facilities. He believes Bioluminescence also has a tremendous future in the study of infection and assessing the potency of therapeutic agents. His future research efforts are geared to develop new reagents based on bacteriophage as well as developing a biosensor for the detection of all foodborne pathogens. They are also producing reported bacteria that can be used to analyze stress responses in vivo.


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with this expert:

Food Microbiology, Toxicology, Preservation, and Spoilage;...
Microbiology: Bacteria, Molds/ Fungi - Identification,...
Food Microbiology/ Rapid Methods
Food Protection: Defense & Safety: Sorbic Acid; Microbial...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1975   PhD   Microbial Biochemistry   University of Leicester  
1971   BSc (CNAA) Applied Biology   Microbiology/Biochemistry   North East London Polytechnic   1st Class Hons

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to


(Undisclosed University)


Food Science


Chair in Dairy Microbiology & Director, Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety


He is program chair for the MSc Program in Food Safety & Quality Assurance.

1980 to 1990


Hannah Research Institute


Food Science and Technology


Senior Scientific Officer


He was head of the dairy microbiology section.

1974 to 1980


Hannah Research Institute


Food Science and Technology


Higher Scientific Officer


He was responsible for research on milk utilization and milk quality.

Career Accomplishments:

He is a member of the International Association of Food Protection, the American Society for Microbiology, the Society of Applied Microbiology, the American Dairy Science Association and the Canadian Institute for Food Science and Technology.

Professional Appointments

He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Food Science, and a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Food Protection, International Journal of Food Microbiology and Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. He is a member of the management board of Journal of Food Protection. He is on the editorial boards of the Encyclopaedia of Food Microbiology and Encyclopaedia of Dairy Sciences. He is a member of two International Dairy Federation Expert groups and serves on the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee for Dairy Farmers of Canada. He is a member of the working party on Academic Education in Food Microbiology of the International Union of Microbiological Societies.


He was the G. Malcolm Trout visiting scholar at Michigan State University in 1999.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 157 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has contributed chapters to 12 books and he holds 2 patents.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology  
 - Letters in Applied Microbiology  
 - Journal of Food Protection  
 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He is the founder member with Dr. Douglas Dalgleish of Ontario Dairy Industry Consultative Panel - a forum for discussion of research with representatives of the major milk producer and processor organizations in Ontario.
  • He has performed contract research for several large companies.
  • He has a good working relation with Producer, Processor and Regulatory groups in milk red meat and poultry sectors.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Dairy microbiology expert for consulting on Sanitation Effectiveness.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has appeared as an expert witness in court proceedings.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert to review patents regarding devices used to detect the presence of microorganizms/pathogens in food.
  • Expert in food poisoning.
  • Expert in lactobacillus for consulting on contamination of liquid nutritional supplement.
  • Food safety expert for consulting on food safety litigation.
  • Expert in food microbiology involving a wrongful death litigation.
  • Salmonella expert witness.
  • Food poisoning expert witness for consulting on E. Coli and food poisoning case.
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
1998 to 1998   Paris, France   He spent a sabbatical leave at Ecole Veterinaire Maison D'Alfort

Additional Skills and Services:

He has developed training courses in Rapid Methods in Food Microbiology and Safety of Fermented Sausages. He has given training courses in UHT processing to companies. He has delivered numerous seminars at international meetings in several countries.

Other Skills and Services

He has effectively managed large research groups.


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