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Archer, Douglas L., Ph.D.

Professor Douglas L. Archer
Associate Dean for Research
Director of Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

Contact Information

1604 McCarty Dr.
McCarty Hall D
Room 1022
P.O. Box 110200
Gainesville, FL  32611
Phone: 352.392.1784
Email: dlarcher@ufl.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland; Microbiology, 1973
  • M.S. University of Maine; Bacteriology, 1970
  • B.A. University of Maine; Zoology, 1968

Research Interests

Prior to his arrival at UF, Dr. Archer served as Deputy Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he was charged with oversight of the research, regulatory and policy activities of all foods and cosmetic programs including food additives, food labeling, special nutritionals, seafood, and cosmetics and colors.

From 1984 until his retirement in 1994, Dr. Archer served as Chairman of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene, and since 1990, has been a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety since 1990. Other international activities include: U.S. Representative to the International Standards Organization, and U. S. Technical Negotiator with the European Community. He is the past U. S. Associate Editor for Food Control, and member of the Advisory Board of the Academic Press Nutrition and Food Science Publications. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and was elected Fellow of the IFT in 2006. He is currently a member of the IFT Global Policy and Regulations, and is the subject expert for that Committee on food Hygiene. Dr. Archer also chairs the Florida Food Safety and Food Security Advisory Council to the Commissioner of Agriculture of Florida.

Classes Taught

Dr. Archer teaches graduate courses.

Selected Publications

Dr. Archer has authored or co-authored more than eighty peer-reviewed scientific publications, and given hundreds of presentations to scientific organizations, trade organizations, and consumer groups.

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