Thomas J. Montville, PhD Expert Witness
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General Specialties:

Food and Public Health

Keywords/Search Terms:

food science, food poisoning, labeling claims, foodborne illness, preservatives, food safety, food processing, food labeling, food manufacturing, Salmonella, E. coli, norovirus


Ph.D., M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); B.S., Rutgers University

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Thomas J. Montville, Ph.D. is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (F.A.A.M.) and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (F.I.F.T.). He holds a faculty appointment as Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, where he has served as both Director of the Graduate Program and Chair of the Department of Food Science. He is an internationally recognized expert in food safety. The US FDA recognizes him as an expert in food microbiology in support of GRAS petitions. Dr. Montville received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and his B.S. from Rutgers. He was a Senior Research Microbiologist at the United States Department of Agriculture before joining the Rutgers faculty. Dr. Montville is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Food Safety, and has been appointed to many editorial boards. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers having more than 10,000 citations. Dr. Montville has also authored 16 chapters, and 10 books. His widely-adopted undergraduate textbook, Food Microbiology an Introduction, has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Dr. Montville reduces complex concepts in food science to simple lay language for thousands of liberal arts undergraduates in his course, The Science of Food. Dr. Montville has provided more than 20 expert opinions for complex litigations involving natural claims, food poisoning, as well as theft of trade secrets and has testified five times. He is The I.F.T. awarded Dr. Montville the Bernard L. Oser Award for Food Ingredient Safety. He received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Food Protection. He is a long-distance cyclist.