Dr. John J Specchio

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Health and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. John J Specchio

Office: University Hall 4014
Phone: (973) 655-5291
Email: specchioj@mail.montclair.edu

         

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My research includes food safety and security, sensory and nutritional food quality, and development of food formulations and processing and packaging technology.

Degrees

  • PhD Rutgers, The State University
  • MS Rutgers, The State University
  • BS Rutgers, The State University

 

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Publications

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Specchio, J.J., Schrade, J and Unanski, M.  (2011). “Utilization of Steam Heat Generated By Microwave Energy”, Food Safety, in press. 

Specchio, J.J. (2004).  “Research Guidelines” in FDA Field Science Laboratory Manual, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Specchio, J.J. (2002).  “Stevia is not unsafe for use” in Straits Times Forum. 3(30):31-33. 

Specchio, J.J. (2002).  Hazards from Natural Origins.  In Food Safety Handbook.  Edited by R. Schmidt.  John J. Wiley & Sons, Inc.  ISBN 0-471-21064-1. 

Tevia, F.M. and Specchio, J.J.  (1999). “The Use of Biotechnology to Produce Natural Flavors.”  Journal of Food Testing and Analysis.  5(4)16-20. 

Barry, T. and Specchio, J.J. (1996).  Purge and Trap GC/MS Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in Imported Bottled Water.  Journal of Food Testing and Analysis, 2(1):25-30. 

Sciacchitano, C., Specchio, J.J. and Mopper, B. (1996).  Cephalosporin Antibiotic Drug Residue Determination by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.  Journal of Chromatography, 6(3):143-148. 

Hanna, G. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Analysis of Food.  Journal of Food Testing and Analysis.  1(2):43-49. 

Barry, T. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Development of a GC/MS Method for Benzene in Dental Adhesives.  Journal of Official Analytical Chemists.  78(2):413. 

Barry, T. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Imported Bottled Water.  National Laboratory Bulletin.  10(13):3908. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Reductive Voltammetric HPLC Detection of Aflatoxin:  Determination of Aftlatoxin B1 in Foods.  Journal of Food Protection.  3(7):15-25. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Determination of Elements in Foods by ICP-AES With On-Line Preconcentration.  Journal of Food Testing and Analysis.  3(9):45-49. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1995).  Rapid Determination of Fluorine in Foods.  The Analyst.  125(4) 153-158. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1994). Determination of Total Selenium in Food and Dietary Supplements. The Analyst.  119(3):124-128.  

Barry, T. and Specchio, J.J. (1994).  Purge and Trap of Benzene in Denture Adhesives.  Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.  National Laboratory Bulletin.  6(13): 3846. 

Sciachitano, C. and Specchio, J.J. (1994).  Detection and Separation of Cephalosporin Antibiotics by Micellai Electrokinetic Capillary Chromatography.  Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.  National Laboratory Bulletin.  6(13):3819. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1993).  Determination of Arsenic in Foods by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy. Jounral of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.  12(4):105. 

Specchio, J.J. (1992).  Antioxidants.  In “Encyclopedia of Food Science and Technology.”  Edited by C. Hui. John J. Wiley and Sons, New York, New York.  ISBN 0-471-50541-2. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1992).  Determination of Nitrite and Nitrate in Foods by Electrochemical Detection. Analytical Chemistry.  16: (1313). 

Amin, J. and Specchio, J.J. (1992).  Determination of Sodium Nitrite in Curing Salts by HPLC.  Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.  National Laboratory Bulletin.  12(12):3730. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1991).  Rapid Determination of Fluorine in Foods.  National Laboratory Bulletin.  Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.

 

Presentations

SELECTED PAPERS PRESENTED 

Specchio, J.J.  (2002). Chinese Herbal Medicine.  86th Annual CASA Conference.  Atlantic City, NJ. 

Specchio, J.J. (2001).  Stevia.  FDA Northeast Regional Food Protection Seminar, Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY 

Specchio, J.J. (2001).  Emerging Issue in Food Safety.  Current Topics in Health and Nutrition.  Montclair State University. Upper Montclair, NJ. 

Specchio, J.J. (2000).  FDA International Standardization and Harmonization Initiatives for Food, Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers and Exporters.  4th International Conference of Food Science and Technology, Wuxi, China. 

Sciachitano, C. and Specchio, J.J. (1994).  High Performance Capillary Electrophoretic Separation of Beta-Lactum Antibiotics in Milk.  Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. 

Sciachitano, C. and Specchio, J.J. (1993).  Speciation of Mollusks Utilizing Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.  Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1992).  Determination of Cyanide and Sulfide in Water.  Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. 

Holak, W. and Specchio, J.J. (1991).  Iodine in Foods Determination by Cathodic Voltammetry Stripping. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.   

Lee, C. and Specchio, J.J. (1990).  Safety of Bottled Water as Affected by Water Type and Packaging Polymer.  Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

 

Service

Professional Association Memberships

  • Institute for Food Technologists
  • Association of Official Analytical Chemists
  • Council of Agricultural and Food Science
  • Association of Federal Food and Drug Officials

Work With Schools and Other Agencies

  • Chairperson of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Research Science Advisor Program, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs. Duties include chairing 35 university professors nationwide who are FDA Research Science Advisors. Under my direction, this program establishes the research priorities and approvals for the US FDA research program. In the last 5 years, I have planned and organized this program so that it reflects a nationwide effort to effectively address food safety and security issues by developing and implementing research to develop new and more accurate analytical methods.

 

Awards 

2011 Fulbright Specialist Award, US Department of State, $8,000
2001 Panasonic, Inc. Grant for Biosensor Research and Graduate Scholarships.  $20,000. 
1995 General Foods, Inc.  Funding toward purchase of a MULTI-VAC Food Packaging System.  $10,000.
1994-1995 

China Association for International Exchange of Experts (CAIEP).  Funding for Teaching and Research Fellowship in China at Tianjin and Wuxi Universities.  ($5,000 each of two years).

1994  Charlie Brown’s, Inc.  Funding for Management Training in Food Science.  $7,500. 
1994 

Study of Pesticide in Heavy Metal Contamination of Bottled Water.  Separately Budgeted Research, 6 credit release time, $2,000.

1993 

Panasonic Microwave, Inc.  Funding toward purchase of industrial microwave for Food Science Lab, $1,500.

1993 

Study of Pesticide Residues in Salmon.  Separately Budgeted Research, 6 credit release time, $2,000.

1993  Charlie Brown’s, Inc. Grant for Manager Training in Food Science.  $5,000. 
1992  Study of Lead and Cadium in Foods.  Separately Budgeted Research, 6 credit release time, $2,000. 
1992 

Global Education Grant recipient.  A Study of Icelandic Food Science and Production.  Travel To Iceland in 1992 to University of Iceland for two weeks.  $2,500. 

1989  T.J. Lipton, Inc.  Mass Spectrometer donated to Food Science Lab.  $50,000. 
1989 

Nabisco Brands (East Hanover, NJ).  Funding for research in Food Technology.  Microbial Contamination of bottled water, $10,000.

1988 

British Oxygen Corporation.  “The effect of gases in combination with food acids on the survival Of Salmonella in chicken,” $5,000.

1988 

S. Aubin Packing, Inc.  “Development of a quality control program for pasteurized canned Spanish sausage,” $7,000.

1988 M. Polaner/B&G, Inc.  “Identifying food applications for Polaner basil,” $3,000. 
1988 

Nabisco Brands (East Hanover, NJ).  Purchase of equipment for Food Technology Pilot Plant/Food Service Equipment Laboratory, $5,000.

1988 

Institute of Food Technologists.  Funding for purchase of equipment for Food Technology Pilot Plant/Food Service Equipment Laboratory, $5,000. 

                         

 

Projects

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Food Safety, Food Security, and Regulatory Science

Specialization

1997-Present Chairperson of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Research Science Advisor Program, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs. Duties include chairing 35 university professors nationwide who are FDA Research Science Advisors. Under my direction, this program establishes the research priorities and approvals for the US FDA research program. In the last two years, I have planned and organized this program so that it reflects a nationwide effort to effectively address food safety and security issues by developing and implementing research to develop new and more accurate food and water analytical methods.