Yale has years of hands-on experience across a wide variety of supply chains, food types, manufacturing processes, interventions, lab methods, challenge studies and facility/organization cultures. He has particularly good knowledge of food safety risk assessments, due diligence and gap analysis, USDA and FDA HACCP, thermal processing, validation studies, sanitation, environmental monitoring, and statistical process control. Yale has a good track record of taking on difficult assignments, such as leading facilities through regulatory enforcement notices, to excellent regulatory standing and similarly he has led facilities to achieve and maintain top GFSI third party audit status.
In addition to his years of in-facility FSQA leadership experience, for 11 years, he and his team traveled across US and Canada performing customer food safety, quality, and sustainability reviews as part of managing vendor compliance for a global food service marketing and distribution corporation.
During those years Yale collaborated with industry food safety leaders, corporate merchandising, and vendors to enhance supplier expectations/purchasing agreements to include best practices and cutting-edge food safety interventions and preventive controls.
Yale has been actively associated with the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Food Research Institute (FRI), and the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) throughout his career. He is a past chairman of IAFP’s Food Hygiene and Sanitation Professional Development Group and has held leadership positions for several major corporations and midsized companies across the US where he has learned from some of the best food safety, microbiology, R&D, regulatory and animal welfare professionals in the business. Yale has co-authored several food safety research studies that have been published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Yale did his graduate studies at Texas A&M University where his M.Sci. food safety research was funded by USDA / FSIS and his M.A. was supplemented by the Agricultural Food Policy Center.
His diverse food safety work experiences combined with his passion for learning and working with teams enable Yale to be very good at identifying risks, strengthening food safety systems, and implementing cost effective, sustainable programs that add value and improve food safety.