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Expert Details

Food Processing and Packaging

ID: 716914 Virginia, USA

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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.

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.

The emphasis of his 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.

He 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.

He 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 he has been involved in consulting for infant formula and adult nutritional 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.

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

In addition to integrity testing, he 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.

He 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.

For five years, he 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 his 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.

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


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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Department: Food Science and Technology Department
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.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1989 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: (Undisclosed)
He is a consultant to the food and packaging industry with emphasis on aseptic and retortable food packaging.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Business Development Manager Department: (Undisclosed)
Provided technical marketing and business development for high barrier plastic food packaging.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1980 to 1984 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Assistant Professor Department: Food Science Department
His research was in aseptic processing and packaging of citrus juices.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1985 to 1993 Country / Region: Western Europe Summary: Started as business development adviser for the UK manufacturing of Rampart Packaging and then continued as an independent consultant.
Years: 1998 to 2001 Country / Region: Egypt, Morocco Summary: He worked with USAID funded agencies to provide food processing information to local canned and aseptic food companies.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
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.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert was an expert witness for package integrity and food processing litigation.
Training / Seminars
He was Program Coordinator for FDA/USDA Better Process Control Schools.

Fields of Expertise

aseptic filling, aseptic packaging process, food aseptic processing, liquid packaging process, food retorting, food sterilization, package closure, package testing, package testing requirement, modified atmosphere packaging, dairy product aseptic processing, integrity testing, package integrity, low-acid food, nondestructive testing, ohmic food processing, orange, plastic container, package-food product interaction, sous-vide packaging, package-food product interaction, package design, controlled environmental packaging, terminal sterilization, heat-sealable polymer, food shelf life extension, stand-up pouch, equipment sanitizing, packaged product, plastic closure, oxygen barrier film, grated cheese, citrus fruit processing, stability, food package, vacuum packaging, sterilization packaging technology, sterilization processing technology, sterile product aseptic manufacture, flexible packaging film, package testing standard, packaging migration, sterile processing, ultra-high temperature short time sterilization, packaging machine, low-acid food aseptic processing, flexible packaging material, seal (device), poultry, packaging testing, packaging evaluation, packaging development, packaging technology, sterilant, controlled atmosphere storage, product-package system compatibility evaluating, sealing, product-package system, shelf life, packaging standard, package consumer testing, food packaging plastic, beverage packaging process, packaging material, package, oxygen, sterilization, thermoformed package, sterile packaging process, food shelf life testing, rigid plastic package, plastic package, packaging process, orange juice, heat sealing, fruit product, food technology, food storage, food safety, food processing equipment, food processing, food packaging process, flexible package, controlled-atmosphere packaging process, citrus fruit product, can (container), bottle

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