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Photograph of Doctor Edward Richter. Dr. Edward R. Richter obtained his degrees from The Ohio State University where he studied under the direction of Dr. George Banwart. During his graduate work, Dr. Richter concentrated his interests concerning Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens. His Master’s Thesis describes a novel approach for the detection of salmonellae from foods using non-radioactive tagged antibody and an x-ray microprobe technique while his Ph.D. Dissertation contributed to the scientific literature concerning salmonellae enterotoxin and the use of ELISA technology in the detection of pathogenic foodborne bacteria. Post graduation, Dr. Richter accepted a position with Unilever, as research microbiologist. In this capacity Dr. Richter was responsible for designing microbiological challenge studies on new and existing food formulations, designing optimal food preservation systems, reviewing process design and coordinating food product development from a microbiological perspective as well as the overall food safety of products distributed by Unilever in North America. At Unilever, Dr. Richter developed expertise with beverages, snack food, acidified multi-phased sauces and dressings as well as rapid microbiological testing methodologies.

In 1987, Dr. Richter returned to academia at his Alma mater as a Professor in The Department of Food Science and Nutrition at The Ohio State University. Here, Dr. Richter conducted research in the areas of food preservation and rapid microbiological methods as well as served as instructor of an undergraduate course "Food Sanitation and Protection” and a graduate course “Advanced Food Microbiology”.

In 1989, Dr. Richter founded Silliker Laboratories of Ohio, Inc. Together with the Silliker organization, he built a successful food analytical research service laboratory.

In 1997, Dr. Richter founded RICHTER INTERNATIONAL, an independent food safety, quality, defense and research-consulting group. That same year RICHTER INTERNATIONAL formed an alliance with the Battelle Memorial Institute. Battelle is the largest research institute in the world with more than 7,000 professionals in nearly 30 countries. Together, Battelle and RICHTER INTERNATIONAL have participated in a number of commercial and government programs in the area of food defense. Dr. Richter has held a secret security clearance.

Dr. Richter has published more than 40 research articles, 3 book chapters, and has served as reviewer of food microbiology journals, research grants and is an AOAC-RI expert reviewer for food diagnostics. He is a member of various national professional organizations, serves on various technical boards, consults with food companies, participates as a technical advisor in legal cases, and is considered an expert in Food microbiological preservation, Foodborne Disease, Food Quality, Safety, Defense; Food Diagnostics, Food / Pet Food Safety and Microbiology.

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