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Dr. Douglas Powell

Dr. Douglas Powell

Doug Powell, food scientist and creator of an online repository of food-safety related information, joined K-State as an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in May 2006. He was promoted to full professor in 2011.  Powell is among a collection of individuals who passionately care about reducing the burden of food-borne illness and who seek innovative ways to compel everyone in the farm-to-fork food safety system — individual producers, retail employees and consumers, among others — to acknowledge and adopt best practices to reduce the risk of food-borne illness. He also teaches courses in food safety risk analysis, policy, communications and culture.

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Another Listeria death recorded; Australian ‘discussion’ is weak


Editor’s note: This opinion column was originally posted on barfblog.com on March 7, 2018. I’ve always believed in don’t complain, create. When I didn’t like the university newspaper I was editor of, I created my own — along with others. When I didn’t like my higher education, I created my own path to a PhD. I… Continue Reading

From the ‘What were they thinking?’ files


Note on content: Doug Powell originally published this photo and column on BarfBlog.com under the title “Killer of old people and ‘everyone’s too anal’ about produce given awards by Canadian grocers” Pete Luckett (right in photo) and is one of this year’s recipients of the “Life Member Designation,” awarded for lifetime contributions to independent grocery… Continue Reading

Chipotle Only Wants Good Press, Sick People Be Damned


On May 1, 2007, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced with much fanfare that it would begin using naturally raised meats in its burritos, tacos and salads served in the state of Kansas, in accordance with the company’s ongoing commitment to change the way Americans eat. “We’ve committed to improve the quality of every ingredient we buy,”… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal


(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading

Almost 600 Sick from Hepatitis A in Frozen Berries in 3 outbreaks


It’s enough to turn me off to frozen berries – he says while experimenting with a batch of gluten-free crepes filled with previously frozen berries. As the case count for Hepatitis A linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend reaches 140, outbreaks in Northern Italy and Northern Europe have sickened 352 and 103 respectively. All linked… Continue Reading

Salmonella in Sunland Peanut Butter – Again

The repetition is really boring and the soundbites meaningless


Having lived in Brisbane for a year, I can testify to the range of fantastical insects and rodent-like creatures. Beginning in April 1996, some 500 people across Australia were stricken with Salmonella that made its way into peanut butter. At first, investigators focused on chicken; that chickens carry Salmonella has been worn into the public’s… Continue Reading

Cantaloupe Food Safety Solutions Leave Consumers Praying

Market food safety at retail


Tim Chamberlain seems like a nice enough guy. According to the Indianapolis Star he started growing cantaloupe and watermelon on an acre of land and now, 30 years later, he and his wife, Mia, have built Chamberlain Farms into a midsized melon-growing operation, with 500 acres and about 20 employees. The U.S. Food and Drug… Continue Reading