Outstanding Contribution to the mission, Safe Foods Corp.
Awarded for the development and commercialization of a product that not only opened a new markets for the company, but also significantly increased sales margins.
Regulatory Affairs, Dr Pepper Snapple GroupPlano, TexasManager01/2013 to Current
Represent Dr Pepper's interests in industry associations such as, Flavor and Extract Manufacturer Association, Calorie Control Council, American Beverage Association, Juice Processors Association, International Life Sciences Institute, and the Canadian Beverage Association, by submitting comments to proposals, completing tasks for working groups, participating in conference calls and attending scientific meetings.
Responsible for conducting company sponsored self-GRAS determinations of food additives and approval of ingredient suppliers' self-GRAS substantiations of safety.
Oversee all ingredient safety assessments and support specification development for ingredients used in over 50 brands across Dr Pepper's entire product portfolio.
Dr Pepper Snapple GroupPlano, TexasSenior Regulatory Affairs Analyst01/2009 to 01/2013
Developed all finished product labeling content, ingredient statement, nutrition and claim substantiation for US and Canadian Markets.
Guided marketing and product development in innovation projects and advised on new ingredients and new uses of approved ingredients.
Evaluated independent GRAS determinations of food additives submitted by ingredient suppliers for compliance with regulatory and internal standards.
Researched food additive safety assessment standards of Health Canada and submitted the necessary information to gain temporary marketing authorizations for innovative uses of food additives.
Safe Foods CorporationNorth Little Rock, ArkansasDirector, International Technical Services and Regulatory Affairs03/2004 to 10/2009
Identified international regulatory processes and hurdles and gained approval for novel food additives within European Union, Health Canada, Mexican Ministry of Health, Russian Ministry of Health, and S.A.S.O. (Saudi Arabia).
Initiated and managed in-house and outside consulting and laboratory services including toxicology, microbiology and chemistry study design and testing to support regulatory filings.
Interfaced with, and prepared food additive dossiers for domestic and international regulatory agencies such as the U.S.F.D.A., U.S.D.A., U.S.E.P.A., European Union, Health Canada, Mexican Ministry of Health, Russian Ministry of Health, S.A.S.O. (Saudi Arabia).
Evaluated the potential of new technologies for intellectual property protection, regulatory approval potential and general scientific merit.
Alcide CorporationRedmond, WashingtonManager01/2001 to 01/2004
Developed technology which increased the performance of the antimicrobial food additive.
Developed testing to collect data to support a new application of a food additive technology for fresh seafood which significantly extended the shelf life of the product.
Developed testing to collect data to support a new application of a food additive to fruits and vegetables which increased the shelf life.
Guided engineering development of new food additive application systems.
SureCide TechnologiesAlameda, CaliforniaSenior Research Associate01/2000 to 01/2001
Discovered and developed novel food additive compounds effective against pathogenic Salmonella, E.
and Listeria spp.
Led research for product development projects involving the application of the novel antimicrobials to the food, medical and consumer markets Developed in-vitro systems to model pathogenic bacterial attachment and biofilm formation on organic and inorganic surfaces Tested effectiveness of antimicrobials using the in-vitro models Aided in development of high throughput screening system that allowed for rapid screening of novel individual and synergistic combination of antimicrobial compounds.
Education and Training
Masters of Science:Food Science2000Washington State University, Pullman, WashingtonGPA: Magna Cum LaudeFood Science Magna Cum Laude
Bachelors of Science:Biology1998Washington State University, Pullman, WashingtonBiology
Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association Calorie Control Council Juice Processors Association American Beverage Association Canadian Beverage Association ILSI Food Chemical Safety
Omar A. Oyarzabal, Christopher Hawk, Sacit F. Bilgili, C. Cayce Warf, and G. Kere Kemp, Effects of Postchill Application of Acidified Sodium Chlorite To Control Campylobacter spp. and Escherichia coli on Commercial Broiler Carcasses. Journal of Food Protection, Vol. 67, No. 10, 2004, Pages 2288-2291 Hawk C.N., Blomso, M., Warf, C., Kemp, G.K., Gonzalez, C., and Sazo, P. Shelf-life extension of Farm Raised Salmon Fillets by the Application of SANOVA® (Acidified Sodium Chlorite). Presented at International Association of Food Protection Annual Meeting Aug. 2004 Kemp, G.K., Warf, C.C., Hawk, C.N. Acidified sodium chlorite: a novel processing aid for use as an antimicrobial on red meat carcasses. In: Proceedings from the Brazilian Meat Expo (2003) Hawk, C.N., Edwards, C.G., and Fellman, J.K. Shelf life extension of fresh raspberries using modified atmospheres and biocontrol methods. Thesis Hawk, C.N., Fellman, J.K., Mattinson, D.S. and Edwards, C.G. Packing for shelf life extension of fresh raspberries. In: Proceedings from the Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research. Portland, OR (1999)
US patent 21-0006-10US. Methods for compositions for inhibiting bacterial attachment to surfaces. Hawk, C.N., Grimsich, J.L., Swenson, F. (2001)
US patent 21-007-30US. Novel synergistic antimicrobial compositions and methods. Hawk, C.N., Hutcheson, A., Swenson, F. (2001)