Samara E. Kuehne, Professional Editor
Samara is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has been an editor and writer in the health, medical, and food safety spheres for more than 20 years. She joined the Food Quality & Safety team in 2019.
Richard Stier, Co-Industry Editor
Rick joined Food Quality & Safety as a Co-Industry Editor in January 2018. He is a consulting food scientist with international experience in food safety (HACCP), food plant sanitation, quality systems, process optimization, GMP compliance, and food microbiology. He has worked with a wide range of processing systems and products, including canning, freezing, dehydration, deep-fat frying, aseptic systems, and meat processing. Rick has been instrumental in helping processors develop the quality, food safety, and sanitation systems needed to compete in today’s market and grow their business. In addition to being a food safety, GMP, and quality systems auditor, he is also certified as a seafood and meat and poultry HACCP instructor from AFDO and by the International HACCP Alliance. He is an instructor for the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual training and has received instruction in the Foreign Supplier Verification Program. He is a member of IFT, IAFP, and NCAACC.
Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD, Co-Industry Editor
Dr. Vasavada joined Food Quality & Safety as a Co-Industry Editor in January 2018. He is a professor emeritus of food science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the principal and managing member of PCV & Associates, LLC, where he provides consulting and assistance to the food industry in planning, development, and management of special projects involving food safety and microbiology, quality assurance, and other contemporary topics of interest to the food industry and consumers. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 publications including peer-reviewed papers, technical abstracts, and book chapters. He is a fellow of AAM, IFT, IAFP, and IAFoST.
Editorial Advisory Panel
John N. Butts, PhD
Founder and President, FoodSafetyByDesign, LLC; Advisor to CEO, Land O’Frost
President, Clifford M. Coles Food Safety Consulting, Inc.
Virginia Deibel, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Deibel Laboratories
James Dickson, PhD
Professor, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University
Steven Gendel, PhD
Senior Director, Food Science, Food Chemicals Codex at USP
Vijay K. Juneja, PhD
Lead Scientist, Predictive Microbiology for Food Safety, Eastern Regional Research Center, USDA-Agricultural Research Service
Hasmukh Patel, PhD
VP of Research and Development, Whitehall Specialties
Mary Ann Platt
President, CNS/FoodSafe and RQA, Inc.
Manpreet Singh, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Poultry Science, University of Georgia
Shawn K. Stevens
Food Industry Attorney, Food Industry Counsel, LLC
President and Founder, Commercial Food Sanitation, LLC
Patricia A. Wester
CEO, The Association for Food Safety Auditing Professionals, AFSAP
Director of Seafood Commerce and Certification, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection