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Expert in Food Safety and Aseptic Processing and Packaging

Expert ID: 734010 Canada

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Expert managed Major Smith's introduction into plastic flexible aseptic packaging. He engineered the packaging lines, trained operators, started up new form fill seal lines, and performed U.S.F.D.A. validation and sterility trials.

Expert also developed an expert knowledge of Dole aseptic canning lines, Conoffast aseptic horizontal form fill seal, and Inpaco (Liqui-Box) aseptic vertical form fill packaging lines plus related equipment (depalletizers, conveying systems, case packers, cartoners, automation, and others). He possesses more than 10 years' hands-on engineering experience with food processing and packaging equipment.

Expert developed quality assurance programs and trained employees in food safety and aseptic processing, developed process deviation reporting and investigation system. He also acted as liaison with U.S.F.D.A. regulatory requirements and process filings.

Expert managed major capital projects including the selection and installation and start up of aseptic packaging lines (Dole aseptic can lines, Conoffast and Liqui-Box aseptic form fill seal lines, aseptic processing equipment and plant utilities (boilers and ammonia refrigeration) equipment.

Expert possesses extensive technical experience in dairy and food industry quality assurance management systems, sanitation program development, and assessment and in the development and assessment of food safety programs (e.g. HACCP), including audits and validations of food processing and food safety systems.

He possesses auditing experience to both Canadian and U.S regulatory requirements He also has many years of experience in food packaging development, manufacturing, and troubleshooting.

He has amassed expert knowledge of rigid and flexible food packaging manufacturing, specifications, container closure evaluation, fillers, and spoilage problem investigation. He has extensive thermal processing experience (retort as well as aseptic systems) and has served as a dairy food safety expert for the Government of Ontario, Canada.

Expert provides scientific and technical support to OMAFRA’s Food Inspection programs, which entails the assessment of new technologies; assistance in program policy and regulation development; food safety and risk assessment studies to provide data for appropriate standard development; troubleshooting and processing plant assistance; HACCP and quality systems assessment; training; plant food safety system audits; stakeholder education; food safety audits; and stakeholder training and the development of beneficial stakeholder relationships.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1977 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Microbiology Institution: University of Guelph
Year: 1974 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Microbiology Institution: University of Guelph

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Food Safety Scientist Department: Food Inspection Branch Responsibilities: Expert provides scientific and technical support to food inspection programs.

Dairy food safety expert for the Government of Ontario, Canada

Provide scientific and technical support to OMAFRA’s Food Inspection programs i.e. assessment of new technologies,assist in program policy and regulation development, conduct food safety and risk assessment studies to provide data for appropriate standard development, troubleshooting and processing plant assistance, HACCP and quality systems assessment, training, plant food safety system audits, stakeholder education, food safety audits, stakeholder training and development of beneficial stakeholder relationships
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Novocol Pharmaceutical Title: Microbiology Manager Department: Quality Assurance Responsibilities: Expert managed the microbiology department for a pharmaceutical aseptically packaged manufacturer.

Managed the Microbiology Department consisting of twelve microbiologists involved in the intensive environmental monitoring of an aseptic filling process, sterility testing, bacterial identifications, endotoxin analysis

Also managed the In Process Quality Control Group, Department consists of five technicians involved in the inspection of incoming packaging component and the work on the various packaging lines.

Integral member of the various validation teams, performed audit programs, validation and qualification studies, wrote and revised standard operating procedures.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: Nith Valley Mennonite Church Title: Pastor Department: Responsibilities: Expert led the congregation.
Years: 1995 to 1997 Employer: Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Title: Student Department: Student Responsibilities: Expert was a student during this time.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: Major Smith, Inc. Title: Engineering Manager Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Expert conducted project engineering for an aseptic processing and packaging manufacturer.

(private label manufacturer of aseptically processed and packaged foods)

Managed major capital projects including the selection and installation and start up of aseptic packaging lines (Dole aseptic can lines, Conoffast and Liqui-Box aseptic form fill seal lines, aseptic processing equipment and plant utilities (boilers and ammonia refrigeration) equipment. Yearly capital budget up to $4MM.

Managed maintenance department of two salaried supervisors and thirteen tradespeople.

Accomplishments include substantial productivity improvements in all areas of the plant including the wet blending, processing, packaging departments as well as the plant utilities. Also, improved the plant's cleanability and overall hygiene as part of the projects.

Managed Major Smith's introduction into plastic flexible aseptic packaging
Engineered the packaging lines, trained operators, started up new f/f/s line and performed U.S.F.D.A. validation and sterility trials.
Years: 1990 to 1992 Employer: Nestle Canada Inc. Title: Manager of Packaging Development Services Department: Packaging Responsibilities: Expert managed the packaging development for several divisions.

Provided technical packaging expertise to manufacturing plants, quality assurance, product development, purchasing and marketing departments for the Canadian operations. (Seventeen manufacturing locations) Product line included frozen, confectionery, coffee, pet, dairy and prepared foods.

Involved in packaging design and set specifications for sanitary cans, glass, metal and plastic closures, flexible packaging, cartons and corrugated packaging materials

Accomplishments included substantial cost reductions, packaging weight and volume reductions to meet mandated government goals and productivity improvements in the manufacturing plants.

Years: 1987 to 1990 Employer: Major Smith, Inc. Title: Quality Control Manager Department: Responsibilities: (private label manufacturer of aseptically processed and packaged foods)

Managed major capital projects including the selection and installation and start up of aseptic packaging lines (Dole aseptic can lines, Conoffast and Liqui-Box aseptic form fill seal lines, aseptic processing equipment and plant utilities (boilers and ammonia refrigeration) equipment. Yearly capital budget up to $4MM.

Managed maintenance department of two salaried supervisors and thirteen tradespeople.

Accomplishments include substantial productivity improvements in all areas of the plant including the wet blending, processing, packaging departments as well as the plant utilities. Also, improved the plant's cleanability and overall hygiene as part of the projects.

Managed Major Smith's introduction into plastic flexible aseptic packaging
Engineered the packaging lines, trained operators, started up new f/f/s line and performed U.S.F.D.A. validation and sterility trials.
Years: 1983 to 1987 Employer: Continental Can Canada Inc. Title: Technical Service Representative Department: Responsibilities: Provided technical assistance to CCC customers in the areas of thermal processing, can and plastic container specifications, customer container quality problems and spoilage problem troubleshooting assistance.

Also, developed Canadian technical support program for the Conoffast f/f/s aseptic packaging technology.

Accomplishments include substantial technical enhancement of CCC's reputation with customers, developed CCC's plastic packaging program and instituted many cost reductions for CCC and its customers.

Developed expertise in the areas of can specifications (both steel and aluminium), and steel and aluminum clsures for glass and plastic containers, container closure evaluation (rigid and flexible packaging), troubleshooting spoilage problems and potential problems.
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: McCain Refrigerated Foods (Cheese) Title: Quality Assurance Manager Department: Responsibilities: Developed quality assurance program for the refrigerated foods division.
Instituted packaging and net weight program (SPC) which resulted in substantial cost savings.
Years: 1981 to 1982 Employer: Alfa-Laval Inc. Title: Technical Service Representative Department: Dairy and Food Engineering Group Responsibilities: Provided technical support for Alfa-Laval's dairy and food equipment sales effort.
Gained considerable expertise in thermal processing equipment Including plate heat exchangers, scraped surface heat exchangers, tubular heat exchangers, water and steam packages, flow equipment etc.
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: Wrigley Canada Inc. Title: Quality Assurance Manager Department: Responsibilities: Developed statistical packaging inspection program, sanitation and quality awareness programs

Provided technical assistance in the start up of new products.
Developed packaging material inspection program resulting in substantial wrapping equipment efficiency improvements.
Years: 1977 to 1980 Employer: The Borden Co. Ltd. Title: Quality Assurance Manager Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the quality assurance programs for both the dairy and food divisions.

Developed greater sanitation and quality awareness in the factories.

Provided technical troubleshooting for packaging and processing problems.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2001 to 2017 Agency: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Role: Food Safety Scientist Description: Scientific and technical expert to food safety programs

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1987 to 1990 Country / Region: USA Summary: Provided technical expertise not found in the US

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
3 Ontario Public Service Commitment to Service Awards

(Undisclosed) years
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 10 publications in refereed journals related to his dairy and food safety and industry expertise.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has been an Expert Witness for the Ontario government regarding the hazards of raw milk consumption.
Expert has considerable experience in being an expert witness. In his position with the Ontario government, he presented expert scientific evidence for hearings and court cases pertaining to raw milk and infractions to Ontario’s Milk Act.
In his past position, he worked closely with provincial regulators and prosecutors in preparing for these hearing and prosecutions.
Marketing Experience
Expert has been a Technical Sales Representative for Alfa-Laval, Inc., in food processing equipment.

Fields of Expertise

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