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Dr. Ben Chapman

Food safety universe dimmer with the loss of two bright stars


Editor’s note: This column by Ben Chapman was originally posted on BarfBlog.com and is reposted here with permission. I never met Dave Theno. I saw him speak a few times at IAFP (International Association for Food Protection), and other places; he had a fantastic story to tell. He had the experience of cleaning up after… Continue Reading

NC State-Led Team Creates ‘Vomiting Machine’ to Study Norovirus Transmission

The British have long referred to Norovirus as “the vomiting disease,” but now a “vomiting machine” has been invented at North Carolina State University and put to serious use in the study of how the illness spreads. This week, the open source journal PLOS ONE published the NC State research under the title, “Aerosolization of a… Continue Reading

The Role of Cooperative Extension in Food Safety


(This article by Ellen Thomas, a Ph.D. candidate in Food Science at North Carolina State University, and Ben Chapman, Ph.D., an associate professor and food safety specialist at NCSU, was published in the October/November 2014 issue of Food Safety magazine and is reposted here with permission.) Land-grant universities in the United States were established with the Morrill… Continue Reading

Twitter Chat on #SafeLunch

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) hosted a Twitter chat on Monday night about packed lunch food safety with Ben Chapman, associate professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University. Below, you’ll find some of the tips offered up during the #SafeLunch chat. If you have more questions, IFT is hosting a… Continue Reading

Losses Linked to Wolverine Packing Co. Go Deeper Than Recall


(This blog post by Dr. Ben Chapman was published June 2, 2014, on Barfblog and is republished here with his permission.) A couple of years ago, I heard a retailer food safety dude tell a group of farmers that his team keeps track of companies linked to illnesses and recalls. The buyer paid attention to… Continue Reading