PMB Biotek Consulting LLC
West Chester, OH USA
Pat has been an active member of the food safety community for the last 15 years serving in numerous roles including manufacturing and laboratory management before starting his own consulting business in 2018. Prior to starting his own business, Pat’s most recent role was the supervisor of a research and development laboratory where he worked on the development and validation of rapid diagnostic methods for microbiology, allergens and mycotoxins. As a consultant, Pat continues to work with method developers, laboratories and industry to optimize method performance and testing workflow. In December 2018, Pat joined the AOAC RI team as a technical consultant, where he works on the development of validation outlines for method developers. Pat is an active member of the US ISO/TC34/SC9 Food Microbiology serving on two working groups: WG3 for Method Validation and WG19 Guidelines for conducting challenge studies. Pat holds a BS in Microbiology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a MS in Food Safety from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
Joe Boison, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist (retired)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Boison retired after 31 years of service from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in early 2018 as a Senior Research Scientist, and holds two Adjunct Professor Faculty positions; one in the Chemistry Department and the other in the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2003, he was appointed a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation (FWIF), was awarded the CFIA President’s National Award for Leadership Excellence in 2010 and in 2012, he was appointed a Fellow of the AOAC International.
Dr. Boison’s research activities in the Canadian Federal Government were centred on the development and validation of sensitive analytical methods for the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies of veterinary drugs in food animals, the development and validation of hyphenated and tandem mass spectrometric methods for regulatory monitoring of the use of veterinary drugs in foods of animal origin to facilitate international trade and the use of the results from those initiatives by risk assessors to inform regulatory decisions to protect human and animal health and ensure food safety. Dr. Boison was the subject matter expert for the Canadian Delegation to the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), a member of the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and travelled extensively auditing and inspecting meat and poultry slaughter establishments and laboratory facilities of Canada’s trading partners.
Dr. Boison has provided voluntary services to the AOAC since 1991 when he first accepted an appointment as an Expert Reviewer for Rapid Test Kits at the inception of AOAC Research Institute (AOACRI). He has since held positions of General Referee/Process Expert, Topic Advisor, Study Director, Expert Reviewer, Scientific Editor and member of the AOAC RI Board of Directors. He received the 2011 AOAC Process Expert General Referee Award and was awarded AOAC International’s highest scientific award, the Harvey W. Wiley Award for Research Excellence in 2015.
In 2007, Boison was appointed Section Editor for Veterinary Drug Residues for the Journal of AOAC International. Since accepting an appointment as an Expert Reviewer for veterinary drugs in 2007, Boison has served on and chaired several Expert Review Panels (ERPs) and provided scientific leadership directing/chairing the ERP meetings that have resulted in two methods for Official Method Final Action Status and 3 methods for Official Method First Action Status. Dr. Boison is currently co-chairing an AOAC International initiative for targeted testing procedures and methods in food authenticity and is the Chair-Elect for the AOACI Official Methods Board (OMB).
Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, Department of Nutrition and Food Science
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland USA
Dr. Buchanan, Director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Food Safety and Security Systems, received his B.S, M.S. M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Rutgers University, and post-doctoral training in mycotoxicology at the University of Georgia. Since then he has 30 years experience teaching, conducting research in food safety, and working at the interface between science and public health policy, first in academia, then in government service in both USDA and FDA, and most recently at the University of Maryland. His scientific interests are diverse, and include extensive experience in predictive microbiology, quantitative microbial risk assessment, microbial physiology, mycotoxicology, and HACCP systems. He has published widely on a wide range of subjects related to food safety, and is one of the co-developers of the widely used USDA Pathogen Modeling Program. Dr. Buchanan has served on numerous national and international advisory bodies including serving as a member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Foods for 20 years, as a six-term member of the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods, and as the U.S. Delegate to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene for 10 years.
Molecular Food Diagnostics, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Hercules, CA USA
Mike joined Bio-Rad in 2012 after 13 years as a Microbiologist, Laboratory Director, and Director of Business Development for a large food testing laboratory in the United States. His expertise includes food microbiology, method development, and method validation. In his current role with Bio-Rad, Mike is responsible for developing and strengthening Bio-Rad's position in key markets; government and regulatory affairs; and worldwide product and marketing strategy for PCR and droplet digital PCR for food diagnostics. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s in Business.
Nestlé Infant Nutrition, Fremont, Michigan USA
Todd DeKryger is North American Regional Manager for Supplier Development for Nestlé Infant Nutrition in Fremont, Michigan. Amongst other things, his duties include developing agricultural policy for Gerber and providing technical assistance on infant food contaminants and agricultural sustainability issues. He joined the company in 1993.
Todd is a three-time Michigan State Spartan, earning a BS from the Department of Horticulture, a MS from the Department of Entomology and a PhD from the Department of Community Sustainability.
Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, Department of Food Science and Technology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska USA
Melanie Downs is an Assistant Professor affiliated with the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research primarily focuses on the proteomics of allergenic foods, including the identification, characterization, and detection of food allergens using mass spectrometry. In addition to research, Dr. Downs also works with the food industry on a number of aspects of food allergen management.
NMISA Reference Material Programme Manager
National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), Pretoria, South Africa
Dr. Maria Fernandes-Whaley is Head of the NMISA Organic Analysis Section, and Research Manager of the NMISA Reference Materials Programme. Since 2011, she has led the Organic Analysis Section to successfully maintain ISO 17025 accreditation for wet chemistry assays and expanded the laboratory’s technical scope to include chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques for the accurate quantification of organic contaminants in food and the environment. The section is also ISO 17034 accredited to produce reference materials and ISO 17043 for provision of proficiency testing scheme. The section has grown from providing 2 PT schemes in 2009 to 18 PT schemes in 2019 predominantly in support of food safety measurements.
Dr. Fernandes-Whaley has initiated several food safety projects at NMISA including: the development of multi-mycotoxin, melamine and pesticide reference analyses applying chromatographic techniques coupled to isotope dilution-mass spectrometry; the development and production of a matrix reference materials; and establishment of NMISA’s purity assignment capability for organic calibrators using diverse analytical techniques, most recently quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (QNMR).
Since 2009, Dr. Fernandes-Whaley has also served as guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria, presenting a short course to 4th year Chemistry students on Quality Assurance in chemical measurements, measurement traceability and the estimation of measurement uncertainty. She obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry, from the University of Pretoria in 2008, and currently represents South Africa on the International Consultative Committee for Quantity of Material – Organic Analysis Working Group, the IMEKO Technical Committee 23 for Food and Nutrition and the IAEA Africa Food Safety Network (AFoSaN).
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland USA
Dr. Garber has been a research scientist with the FDA since 2002. He oversees the application and development of immunodiagnostic methods for the detection of food allergens. Recently, this has included the development of a novel xMAP-based multiplex assay for the simultaneous detection of 15 food allergens plus gluten with built-in confirmation based on the use of multiple assays per analyte and two extraction protocols. Major advantages of this novel approach include an ability to distinguish between homologous cross-reactive analytes, normally indistinguishable using the currently used commercial ELISA test kits, and more efficiently respond to growing needs associated with the high prevalence of people with multiple food allergies. While with the FDA, Dr. Garber also developed antibody-based methods adopted by the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) for the reliable detection of proteinaceous select agents (i.e., abrin and ricin) in food. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Garber worked on the development of immunodiagnostic assays for infectious agents, the detection of endocrine disruptors in the environment, and arsenic biochemistry. His training is in protein biochemistry, kinetics-thermodynamics, and redox biochemistry. Prior to joining the government, Dr. Garber worked in industry, was a professor of biochemistry at a small liberal arts college, and briefly worked in academic administration overseeing the establishment of a master’s degree program in biotechnology. Dr. Garber received his B.S. in Biochemistry from The City College of New York, Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University, and conducted post-doctoral research at Northwestern University.
Joint Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria
Dr. Simon Kelly is a Food Safety Specialist in the Joint United Nations FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Vienna, Austria. He is actively involved in applied and adaptive research with stable isotope and elemental analyses to determine the geographical and production origin of foods and exploring the links between environmental factors and food composition. He coordinates several international projects to build food authenticity research and technical capacity in developing countries and has previously held positions at the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency and the Institute of Food Research. Dr. Kelly is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Food Chemistry’ and the UK Defra’s Food Authenticity Methodology Working Group. He gained his degree in Chemistry from Anglia Polytechnic in 1992 and completed his PhD in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in 2002, where he holds an honorary lectureship. Dr. Kelly is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
US Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland USA
Dr. Stefano Luccioli is a medical officer specialized in allergy/immunology who is currently the Food Allergen Program Coordinator in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is also on the clinical teaching faculty at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include assisting and coordinating FDA activities and scientific policies to manage food allergens in regulated food products and providing subject matter expertise on health hazard and other risk assessments. His research interests are aimed at understanding the epidemiology of consumer adverse events to food allergens and assessing the health impact of allergen thresholds.
Dr. Luccioli completed his medical school and residency training in internal medicine at Georgetown University medical school and his fellowship in allergy & immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
R&D and Innovation
Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Dr. Katerina (Kate) Mastovska is an Associate Director of Research, Development and Innovation at Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation (formerly Covance Food Solutions). She is also a Technical & Industrial Director for Pesticides within Operational Best Practices Programme at Eurofins Scientific. Prior joining Covance Laboratories in 2009, she worked at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and served as an expert in the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) panel of the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR). Dr. Mastovska is a Fellow of the AOAC International. Among other activities at the AOAC Int., she is an Official Methods Board member and a former co-chair of the AOAC Chemical Contaminants and Residues Community. She has authored/co-authored more than 60 scientific publications (journal articles, book chapters, and monographs), mainly focused on chromatographic and mass spectrometric analysis of chemical residues, contaminants and adulterants. Dr. Mastovska received her Ph.D. in Food Chemistry and Analysis from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic.
National Research Council Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pearse McCarron is a Research Officer and Team Leader with Measurement Science and Standards at the National Research Council Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research has a metrology focus, including the development of analytical methods and the production of certified reference materials for algal biotoxins, with a particular interest in toxins relevant to seafood and water safety.
Applied Research Center, NSF International
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Dr. Jesse D. Miller has 20 years of experience in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Commercialization and Front-End Innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine and a B.S. in the same from the University of Michigan. Dr. Miller’s industrial research focus has been on creation of diagnostics for the food safety and health care industries. In his role in industry, he has led and trained multiple teams on the tools and principles necessary to create meaningful products and services in todays’ fast-paced product development world. He has authored over 30 publications and holds over a dozen patents (granted and applied for). In his current role at the Applied Research Center, he oversees research and development activities for the organization with personal specializations in Food Safety and Next Generation Sequencing.
Melissa M. Phillips, Ph.D., Research Chemist
Chemical Sciences Division, Material Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA
Melissa M. Phillips has been a research chemist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2008. She is involved in the certification efforts for food and dietary supplement Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and is a coordinator of the Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP), the Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP), the Total Nutrients Quality Assurance Program (TNQAP), and the Food Reference Materials Program. Her interests include development of new analytical methods for the determination of marker compounds, vitamins, and contaminants in foods and dietary supplements, and improving the measurement capabilities of the food and dietary supplement communities using reference materials and quality assurance programs. Melissa obtained a B.S. in Chemistry, and M.S. in Forensic Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. Melissa is a member of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods Board and is a fellow of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.
Dr. Bert Pöpping is managing director of the strategic food consulting company FOCOS (www.focos-food.com). His company advises food manufacturers, start-up companies, not-for-profit organisations and laboratories on strategic food safety solutions and emerging technologies. He previously worked as Chief Scientific Officer and Director Scientific Development and Regulatory Affairs for multi-national contract laboratories. Dr. Popping has 25 years of experience in the food testing industry and authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications on topics of food allergens, food authenticity, food analysis, validation and regulatory assessments (https://www.focos-food.com/publications/). Dr Popping is a member of the editorial board of J. Food Additives and Contaminants, J. Food Analytical Methods and Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods. Earlier this year (2019), the J. AOAC published his and Carmen Diaz-Amigo’s special guest-edited section on mass spectrometric methods for food allergens and food fraud with 12 manuscripts. Dr. Popping is co-chair of the ILSI Food Authenticity Taskforce, and Scientific Advisor to AOAC International on the Food Authenticity working groups. He is also an active member of numerous national and international standardisation organisations including CEN, ISO and several German official method working groups (§64 German Food & Feed Law). He is currently also the president of MoniQA Association (www.moniqa.org).
The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Christopher Smith is a director in the quality area at the corporate laboratory of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA. His responsibilities include support to Coca-Cola facilities and bottlers in North and South America. In his work at Coca-Cola they employ a wide range of analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, UHPLC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS, isotope ratio MS and NMR. Christopher has been with The Coca-Cola Company for 15 years. He has authored publications on diverse topics such as atomic physics, mass spectrometry, agricultural residue analysis and biomonitoring/toxicology. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Chemistry from Drake University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in the NIST JILA laboratories at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation, Madison, Wisconsin USA
Darryl Sullivan is the Director of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for the Food Integrity and Innovation Division of Eurofins. Mr. Sullivan acts as the primary liaison with food, nutritional and dietary supplement companies as well as providing expertise on designing comprehensive testing programs to meet scientific and regulatory requirements. In this role he is often called upon as an expert witness for litigation and dispute resolution. He has managed numerous different departments at Covance including lab operations, research and development, client services, sample management, sample preparation and study direction, as well as a satellite laboratory in Michigan.
Mr. Sullivan received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has more than 35 years of experience in laboratory testing of food and dietary supplements. He is considered to be an expert in the field of validation of analytical methods, having served for three years as Chair of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods Board. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Task Force that redesigned the AOAC Standards Development Process. He is currently the Past President and Secretary of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Board of Directors, and the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Infant Formula and Adult Nutritionals. He is also the Chair of the AOAC Stakeholder Panel on Dietary Supplements. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AOAC Research Institute. Mr. Sullivan is the Chair of the IFT Nutraceutical and Functional Foods Division. He is the Chair of the Analytical Laboratories Committee of the American Herbal Product Association, a member of the USP Expert Committee for Dietary Supplements, and is a member of the Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements of NSF. He is a member of the CRN Regulatory Affairs Committee and the NPA ComPLI Committee. Mr. Sullivan has developed and validated hundreds of analytical methods in the areas of nutrient and residue testing, and is the author of more than 75 publications and 100’s of scientific presentations. In addition, he is the Past Chair of the AOAC Presidential Task Force on Dietary Supplements and co-editor of the book Methods of Analysis for Nutrition Labeling. He is also the co-editor of the book Improving Import Food Safety.
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Pamela received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she also worked at the Food Research Institute.
After graduating she worked for Quest International as the facility microbiologist and lab supervisor and then as a researcher in product development of fermented Hydrocolloids.
In January of 2001, Pamela joined Cargill’s Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Affairs department as a Global Food Safety and Microbiology Specialist. Most recently she is a regional Senior Applied Food Safety and Quality Microbiologist and Food Safety Expert working more closely with the Cargill businesses’ manufacturing facilities and laboratories, customers, and governments.
Pamela is a very active member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) including being actively part of the program committee for the past two years and AOAC International including being a voting member of the International Stakeholder Panel on Alternative Methods (ISPAM). Pamela represents the United States through ANSI on the ISO Technical Committee 34/Sub-Committee 9 Microbiology TAG including Working Group 3 for Method Validation, Working Group 19 for Challenge Studies, and Working Group 29 on Spores to name a few. Pamela is a delegate on the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene - which is currently working on the revision of the General Principles of Food Hygiene (CAC/RCP 1-1969) along with its HACCP Annex and the Code of Practice on Food Allergen Management for Food Business Operators.
Pamela is the 2018 recipient of the Harold Barnum Industry Award from IAFP. This award recognizes her outstanding service to IAFP, the public and the food industry.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulatory Science
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland USA
Jon Wong is currently a Research Chemist affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2002 and was a Chemist with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from 1997-2002. He obtained B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and AOAC, a Board Member of the North American Chemical Residue Workshop (NACRW, formerly the Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop), a Co-Editor for the American Journal for Enology and Viticulture, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. For most of his career, Dr. Wong has been developing multiresidue procedures of pesticides in food using chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. He is currently interested in developing liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry workflows for screening and analyzing small chemical residues and contaminants in food.
Global Food Safety
Nestle Nutrition, Fremont, Michigan USA
Jupiter is a Principal Scientist for Global Food Safety for Nestle Nutrition. He joined Nestle in 2008. Jupiter has more than 20 years of food safety experience in physical, chemical and food allergen risk analyses and management to ensure safe and nutritious food supply to all stakeholders. Prior to joining Nestle, Jupiter served in different leading capacities in Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), academia and government. He holds a BSc in Pharmacy and PhD in Chemistry. He published over 120 manuscripts and book chapters on a wide range of subjects related to food safety, and health and wellness.