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Darin Detwiler

Darin Detwiler

Darin Detwiler, founder and president of Detwiler Consulting Group, LLC, is the director of the MS in Regulatory Affairs of Food and Food Industry and Professor of Food Policy at Northeastern University in Boston.  In addition to serving as the executive vice president for public health at the International Food Authenticity Assurance Organization, Detwiler serves on numerous committees and advisory panels related to food science, nutrition, fraud, and policy. He is a sought-after speaker on key issues in food policy at corporate and regulatory training events, as well as national and international events. Detwiler holds a doctorate of Law and Policy.

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His chair at the table is still empty

Father of Jack in the Box victim working to eliminate needless deaths 24 years after tragedy

Contributed

Exactly 24 years ago today my 16-month-old son Riley died from E.coli/HUS during the 1993 “Jack in the Box” outbreak. He was the last of the four young children who paid the ultimate price for failures in food safety protocols at that time. The landmark outbreak is often referred to as the 9/11 of the… Continue Reading

Change is what’s predictable about the future of food safety

Opinion

The third-annual Food Safety and Analysis Congress, held earlier this week at Cripps Court Auditorium on the beautiful campus of the University of Cambridge in England, brought together leaders from industry and academia to discuss the latest on foodborne illness surveillance and food fraud. I traveled to the event to serve as one of only three… Continue Reading

Praise for an Unlikely ‘Whistleblower’

Opinion

Kenneth Kendrick, missing Monday from the federal courthouse in Albany, GA, did not hear the praise that came from a witness during a pivotal day in the world of food safety. Kendrick is a former assistant plant manager of the Plainview, Texas, peanut processing facility once owned by the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)…. Continue Reading

Bearing Witness to Justice at the PCA Sentencing

Opinion

Audiences at my lectures are often surprised that, after the death of my 16-month-old son, Riley, during the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, no state or federal agency filed criminal charges against anyone involved in that easily-preventable tragedy. For the past 22 years since Riley’s death, I viewed the American justice system… Continue Reading

PCA Does Not Reflect All in the Food Industry

Opinion

Michael Parnell’s defense attorney is painting his client as a “little guy” who “lost it all.” I would dare Parnell and his defense team, and the other convicted former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, to stand before the families of the nine people who died as a result of their actions and try to… Continue Reading

Building an ‘Integrated Food Safety System’ Will Take All of Us

Opinion

Mike Taylor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, stated in his address before the 2015 Food Safety Summit that, “If we were starting from scratch, [America’s food safety system] would look different.” Under Taylor’s leadership, FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) envisions an “integrated food safety system” to… Continue Reading