Donald S. Ackerman, Associate

Donald S. Ackerman has a BSEH from Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA and also received a MPH from Oklahoma University Health Science Center Norman, Oklahoma. He recently finished a government career of 26 years (state and federal) of food safety work. Don’s food safety experience includes three government agencies from Indian Health Service, Center for Disease Control, Vessel Sanitation Program to United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service.

His duties at USDA included teaching a wide variety of food safety courses and concepts: (1) inspection monitoring procedures and standards, particularly those related to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP); (2) instructions governing slaughter, dressing, or processing of livestock, exotic animals, poultry, egg products, and all other amenable species; (3) humane handling of livestock; (4) enforcement procedures; (5) risk assessment; (6) microbiological sampling; (7) residue testing; (8) biosecurity; (9) emerging food-borne pathogens; and (10) epidemiological principals as well as any other topic appropriate for field personnel.  Don has provided technical guidance to federal, state, local and tribal food regulatory officials throughout his federal career.

While with USDA, Don had the pleasure of being instrumental in the development of the computerized portion of PHIS working with Export/Import product management.  He was also the sole editor of the PHIS Field Resource Guide for inspectors.

Don also has a very strong background in Emergency Response as it relates to command, operations, planning, logistics, Intelligence & Investigations, finance and administration, as they relate to the Incident Command System of emergency management.

Don’s experiences with CDC, Vessel Sanitation Program gave him a unique systems approach to the general construction and overall Public Health inspections of cruise ships whether foreign or domestic.  These inspections included every food service operation, passenger accommodations, child care centers, recreational waters and features, potable water, including the making of potable water to medical reporting.  The vessels ranged in size from carrying 13 passengers to accommodating 5,000.  While performing this duty, Don had the pleasure of teaching Public Health for USAID in Egypt for two months.

Don is a registered Environmental Health Specialist as well as a registered Sanitarian with the National Environmental Health Association.