Dan has nearly 50 years of experience in food safety, including 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where his emphasis was food safety and food defense, from the processing plants, through storage and distribution, and to military consumers. During Dan’s 16 years with the South Carolina Meat-Poultry Inspection Department, including 8 years as its Director, South Carolina’s inspection program was consistently rated as one of the top state programs in the nation.
Dan is skilled in the interpretation and implementation of USDA requirements, including HACCP, SSOP, SPS, food defense, animal humane handling, and pathogen reduction regulations. He has been a guest speaker, a trainer, and an in-plant consultant on HACCP systems development and implementation, food plant sanitation, and the elimination of foodborne disease pathogens in all types of foods. Dan is certified as a Lead Instructor by the International HACCP Alliance. He is also a Lead Instructors for the Food Safety Preventive Controls for Human Food course.
Dan served on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection for 6 years. He is a former President of the American Association of Food Safety Veterinarians, former Chairman of the U.S. Animal Health Association’s Food & Feed Safety Committee, and past Chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Public Health & Regulatory Veterinary Medicine. Dan currently serves in the AVMA House of Delegates and is recipient of the prestigious AVMA Public Service Award.
Dan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Minnesota. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.