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Expert in Fish Processing, Kosher Foods, Halal Foods,

Expert ID: 108247 New York, USA

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COMPOSTING. Expert is currently working on static, natural air flow composting systems for various fish wastes and cafeteria food wastes. Small-scale systems, including potentially indoor systems, are also being explored.

FISH MEAT. He is currently involved with new product development using low-fat minced fish, and the extension of shelf life of fresh and frozen fatty fish products using anti-oxidants and modified atmosphere packaging to obtain convenience products. He is also examining the impact of polyphosphates on fish. Currently he is working on Slombrotoxin with respect to FDA HACCP requirements.

KOSHER FOODS; KOSHER FOOD PROCESSING. Through the Cornell Kosher Fish Initiative, Expert currently serves as an educator in the religious food area, mainly kosher, but is also involved in some halal (Muslim) work. He has advised companies on process and product development, their relationships with the kosher supervisory agencies, and with the regulatory agencies. He has mediated problems between companies and the supervisory agencies, and has combined his technical knowledge with knowledge of religious law to solve unique industrial problems. He has been working with the religious communities to improve religious slaughter, and is currently the only academic person with a major-effort commitment to religious foods. He also currently serves as an acting executive secretary of the National Kosher Food Trade Association.

MEAT PROTEIN FUNCTIONALITY. Expert's group has had ongoing efforts in measuring the functionality of meat proteins and protein additives (e.g. soy, milk, and egg proteins) in meat systems. Specific areas of interest include water retention/uptake properties (expressible moisture and water uptake ability), solubility, emulsification, (timed emulsification and emulsion stability), and gelation (texture profiling on the Instron). His group's work has focused upon developing methods to learn more details about meat systems. Currently, his group is trying to develop critical methods for evaluating the benefits of protein additives in meat.

TOTAL UTILIZATION OF FISH. Expert's group has been involved in the development of fish gelatin, both technically and because of its interest in kosher/halal foods. It is also involved with groups looking at the use of fish scales as flocculating agents and development of fish hydrolysates for use in both feed and fertilizer applications. The group also works with minces from various fish species.

HALAL FOODS. He is well-versed in foods for the Muslim market, including slaughter, turkey processing, steel drums and tin cans, gelatin, and educational programs.

Most of Expert's consulting ranges along a wide range of kosher and halal issues, often also covering scientific issues. He has done some consulting in the fish and poultry area also.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: PhD Subject: Biophysics Institution: Brandeis University
Year: 1966 Degree: MS Subject: Dairy Chemistry Institution: Cornell University
Year: 1965 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry Institution: Cornell University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1987 to 2015 Employer: Cornell University Title: Professor, Department of Food Science Department: Food Science
Teaching, Research and Extension
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1980 to 1987 Employer: Cornell University Title: Associate Professor, Department of Food Science Department: Food Science
Teaching, Research and Extension
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1974 to 1980 Employer: Cornell University Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science Department: Food Science/Poultry Science
Teaching and Research
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor Emeritus Department: Food Science
Teaching, Extension

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1996 to 1997 Agency: U.S. Senate Role: Congressional Science Fellow Description: Expert served as Senator D'Amato's Legislative Aide for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, and Aquaculture.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1980 to 1981 Country / Region: Scotland Summary: Expert spent a sabbatical at the Torry Research Station of the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He did seafood research while there and also consulted that year heavily with Unilever both in Aberdeen and Colworth.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a member of ACS, the American Meat Science Association, the Atlantic Fisheries Technological Society, and the Poultry Science Association. He is a member and fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Awards / Recognition
Expert was honored with a Guest Fellow in the New Zealand Institute of Food Science; and received the Earl P. McFee Award of the Atlantic Fisheries Technological Conference.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has written two books and numerous publications, including book chapters, peer reviewed scientific papers, and industry magazine publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been a witness in two cases involving fish (Vermont and Rhode Island) and has also dealt with a kosher fraud case. In addition he has given depositions on issues relating to kosher and halal food for those incarcerated (both for the defense and the prosecution) and also a case involving poultry mince.
Training / Seminars
Expert has been giving seminars and workshops on religious foods, both kosher and halal, for a number of years. He also teaches a course in this subject at Cornell. He has been lecturing extensively on his experience in Washington.
Vendor Selection
He has experience locating vendors of Kosher and Halal ingredients. He has access to the following resources: contacts and some agency listings.

Marketing Experience
He has consulted for various companies in various capacities.
Other Relevant Experience
Heis currently the editor in chief and the first editor of China's first peer-reviewed English language food science journal (Food Bioscience) with a 2018 impact factor of 2.3, putting it in the top 20% of food science journals.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He can use when he has to, but does not consider himself fluent.
Spanish His wife, who works as his professional partner, is fluent in Spanish and taught high school Spanish for many years. She gave a major talk in Puerto Rico in Spanish about his work.

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