Roy E Costa
Environ Health Associates, Inc.
Mr. Costa is a professor at the Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and the Culinary Arts at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida and is the founder and owner of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates, Inc. Mr. Costa is a registered professional sanitarian with 30 years of environmental heath practice in the academic, government and private sectors. Mr. Costa is an educator and food safety trainer with International experience in a number of countries. Mr. Costa specializes in the epidemiology and prevention of environmentally transmitted disease and is the creator of four on-line food safety courses and numerous training programs. Mr. Costa has direct working experience at virtually all levels of the food system, from consumer education programs, to programs to educate and audit farmers. Mr. Costa is one of the few "farm to fork" food safety experts. Mr. Costa presents at national and international food safety conferences and provides educational programs to public agencies in the US and many parts of the world.
Mr. Costa provides expert legal testimony in foodborne litigation cases including salmonella infection due to ConAgra Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Banquet Pot Pies and E coli O157:H7infection due to Dole Spinach. Mr. Costa develops, delivers and manages HACCP-based food safety auditing programs and is responsible for developing and marketing new technology in partnership with several firms. Mr. Costa maintains auditor and consultant credentials with national auditing firms.
Mr. Costa is a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.S. Fisheries Biology/ Minor Chemistry) and the Florida Institute of Technology (M.S. Health Services Management/MBA) and has completed the core Masters In Public Health curriculum at the University of South Florida; College of Public Health.