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Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy Staff: David Bechtel

David Bechtel, Ph.D., DABT, CFS, Vice President, New Jersey Office, Senior Scientific Consultant, Food & Nutrition Group

Dr. David Bechtel, Vice President of the New Jersey office, joined Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy (formerly Cantox) in 1994 as a recognized authority in toxicology, with emphasis on food and pharmaceutical safety, chemical carcinogenesis, risk assessment, and occupational hazard assessment.

As a Senior Scientific Consultant, with over 30 years as a toxicologist, Dr. Bechtel offers technical consultation in toxicology and regulatory compliance including issues management, global strategy development, client and regulatory liaison, business development and planning, project development, execution and quality assurance. Having addressed the safety of food additives, novel foods and ingredients, pharmaceutical products, and natural and industrial contaminants, he has also resolved occupational safety issues in manufacturing and laboratory settings through developing both chemical and material exposure assessment.

Prior to joining Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy, Dr. David Bechtel was the toxicologist of a major US food company, designing and managing a comprehensive pre-clinical and clinical safety testing program to obtain international regulatory approval for a new class of food ingredient. He also directed research on the plausible interrelationship between dietary components and cancer, providing critical commentary to regulatory authorities regarding the human health risks posed by mycotoxins.

Previously, at another leading international food company, he held senior positions in toxicology and industrial hygiene, being responsible for conducting safety and pharmacokinetic research on novel food additives, and the development of risk. As the Corporate Industrial Hygienist, he was instrumental in developing an occupational health and safety process for chemical and material exposures including on-going identification of hazards, exposure assessment, and risk management.

Dr. Bechtel earned an M.S. in Industrial Health and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. He then became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology in 1984. In 2013, Dr. Bechtel became certified as a Certified Food Scientist. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Toxicology Forum.