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Food Safety Expert In Surveillance, Outbreak Investigation, Prevention and Control Strategies, Risk Management, and Consumer Behavior

Technical Consultant #1873


  • Health hazards of ready-to-eat foods.
  • Standards for poultry processing.
  • Harmonization of food safety regulations.
  • Food safety policy.
  • Significance of temperature for microbial growth in foods.
  • Canned food methodology and post process leakage.
  • Outbreaks of botulism in northern communities.
  • Detection of foodborne pathogens in various foods.
  • Epidemiology of disease and costs caused by seafood toxins (PSP, DSP, domoic acid, ciguatera, tetramine).
  • Dose-response and detection of seafood toxins.
  • Surveillance and economics of foodborne disease.
  • Foodborne and waterborne disease outbreak investigation and reporting.
  • Risk assessment of foodborne disease in pathogen food combinations, e.g., E. coli O157 in hamburgers, Salmonella Enteritidis in eggs, E. coli O157:H7 in lettuce, L. monocytogenes in cabbage and ready-to-eat foods, and Vibrio vulnificus in oysters.
  • Transfer coefficients for Listeria and E. coli O157:H7.
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems.
  • Aquaculture food safety issues.
  • The spread of foodborne infections by food workers.
  • Hand hygiene.
  • Consumer perceptions and behavior on food safety issues.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Served in 22 cases as expert witness with 13 cases settled, subjugated a Daubert judgment as an expert witness in an appeal to which the case was settled.


Undisclosed Company, Owner, 2011 - Present

  • Independent Consultant

Health Canada, Health Protection Branch, Ottawa, Canada, 1968 - 2001

  • Research Scientist (RES-1 through RES-5, most senior level)

University of Glasgow, Department of Bacteriology, 1965 - 1968

  • Assistant Lecturer

Positions Held

  • Head, Methodology/Contaminated Foods Section
  • Chairman, Foodborne Disease Reporting Centre
  • Co-chairman, Botulism Reference Centre
  • Joint Chief of the Research Division
  • Director, National Food Safety and Toxicology Center
  • Director, Food Safety Policy Center
  • Professor, Large Animal Clinical Center
  • Professor, Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Chairman, Research Scientists Group (SE-RES) and Research Group (RE), Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.
  • MSU University Outreach & Engagement Directors' Advisory Team
  • Director, National Alliance for Food Safety and Security (NAFSS) Center for Risk Analysis and Policy
  • NSF Council of Public Health Consultants (NSF International, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Food Science
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • Editorial Advisory Board for Encyclopedia of Food Safety, Elsevier, Oxford, UK
  • Editor in chief, Encyclopedia of Food Safety, Elsevier, Oxford, UK
  • International Association for Food Protection, Honorary Life Membership


  • Citation Award from the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians for many years of devotion to the ideals of the Association.
  • Distinctive Service Award for extraordinary teamwork and support to the Science and Technology Community (management of human resources in the Canadian federal government science departments), Ottawa.
  • Excellence in Science Award - the first to be awarded by Health Canada
  • Deputy Minister's Award of Team Excellence - for the work done in promoting the 'Fight BAC!' campaign in Canada
  • International Association for Food Protection Fellows Award Minneapolis
  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada Gold Medal for Pure and Applied Science (awarded to one scientist in a government department every second year).
  • NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award

Publications and Patents

  • Author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and 52 book chapters, contributed to 62 national and international reports, and developed 11 laboratory methods.
  • 400 national and international presentations on food safety research at industry conferences and regulatory meetings.


  • Ph.D. Bacterial Systematics University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • B.Sc. Bacteriology, (With Honors) University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
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