In 1967 Jaap obtained his degree of Master in Food Technology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He started his career in processing of fishery products in Tanzania. and Brasil.
In 1975 he made a switch to meat- and poultry processing in Brasil, and in 1980 he joined Plukon Royal Poultry Industries in the Netherlands.
Ir. J. Obdam was in charge of product development, processing, quality and food safety programs.
Since 2005 he is working as consultant for the Poultry industry all over the world: Europe, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Marocco, South Africa and Thailand.
Jaap’s life experience in assessing and improving processing-yields and control of quality and food-safety in different integrations makes him an expert in setting up audits, tracing contamination routes for food pathogens and finding solutions to improve poultry production from farm to fork.
He organises workshops for the whole production chain from breeders to broiler processing, through hatchery, feed-mill and production farm, on Salmonella control and other food-safety related issues.