Dr. Douglas Powell
Department of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology Kansas State University
Dr. Douglas Powell is a professor of food safety at Kansas State University. Trained in molecular biology, and employed as a journalist, Dr. Powell found that food safety was a discipline where he could meld his interests in science, society and policy -- more formally known as risk analysis. So he got a PhD in food science from the University of Guelph in 1996.
His laboratory seeks 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 foodborne illness. He has published 42 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, 10 peer-reviewed book chapters and the 1997 book, Mad Cows and Mother’s Milk.
He publishes the electronic newsletter bites.ksu.edu, barfblog.com, and hosts donteatpoop.com. Powell and barfblog.com are a primary source for food safety information during outbreaks and are often quoted in mainstream media reports (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Powell_(food_safety)). He teaches courses in food safety risk analysis, policy, communications and culture, has served on national and international food safety advisory boards, and works with a lot of graduate students. A native of Brantford, Ontario, Doug is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey.
Powell, D.A. and Leiss, W. 1997. Mad Cows and Mothers' Milk. McGill-Queen's University Press. 308 pp.
Chapters in books
Powell, D.A., Jacob, C.J. and Chapman, B. 2009. Produce in public: Spinach, safety and public policy in Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce: Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies ed. by X. Fan, B.A. Niemira, C.J. Doona, F.E. Feeherry and R.B. Gravani. Blackwell Publishing, pp 369-384.
Chapman, B.J. and Powell, D.A. 2005. Implementing on-farm food safety programs in fruit and vegetable cultivation in Improving the Safety of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, ed. by W. Jongen, Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, U.K. pp 268-292.
Powell, D.A., Blaine, K., Leudtke, A., Morris, S. and Wilson, J. 2001. Risk management and communication: Enhancing consumer confidence in Governing Food: Science, Safety and Trade ed. by P.W.B. Phillips and R. Wolfe. McGill-Queen's University Press. Montreal, pp. 133-148.
Papers, letters to editors and technical notes published in refereed journals
Wilson, S.M., Jacob, C.J. and Powell, D.A. 2011. Behavior-change interventions to improve hand hygiene practice: A review. Critical Public Health 21(1): 119-127.
Powell, D.A., Jacob, C.J., and Chapman, B.J. 2011. Enhancing food safety culture to reduce rates of foodborne illness. Food Control, 22(6): 817-822.
Chapman, B., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D.A. 2010. Food safety infosheets: Design and refinement of a narrative-based training intervention. British Food Journal, 113(2) http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0007-070x&volume=113&issue=2&articleid=1895862&show=abstract
Jacob, C.J., Lok, C. Morley, K. and Powell, D.A. 2010. Government management of two media-facilitated crises involving dioxin contamination of food. Public Understanding of Science, Feb. 2010 http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/02/05/0963662509355737.abstract
Chapman, B., Eversley, T., Fillion, D., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D.A. 2010. Assessment of food safety practices of food service food handlers (risk assessment data): Testing of a communication intervention (evaluation of tools). Journal of Food Protection, 73(6): 1101-1107.
Jacob, C., Mathiasen, L. and Powell, D.A. 2010. Designing effective messages for microbial food safety hazards. Food Control, 21(1):1-6.
Filion, K. and Powell, D.A. 2009. The use of restaurant inspection disclosure systems as a means of communicating food safety information. Journal of Foodservice, 20: 287-297.
Jacob, C.J. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Where does foodborne illness happen—in the home, at foodservice, or elsewhere—and does it matter? Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 6(9): 1121-1123. http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/fpd.2008.0256
Surgeoner, B.V., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Assessing management perspectives of a safe food-handling label for casual dining take-out food. Food Protection Trends, 29(10): 620-625.
DeDonder, S., Jacob, C.J., Surgeoner, B.V., Chapman, B., Phebus, R. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Self-reported and observed behavior of primary meal preparers and adolescents during preparation of frozen, uncooked, breaded chicken products. British Food Journal, 111(9): 915-929. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=6146E6AFABCC349C376B7E55A3866D4A?contentType=Article&contentId=1811820
Surgeoner, B.V., Chapman, B. and Powell, D.A. 2009. University students’ hand hygiene practice during a gastrointestinal outbreak in residence: What they say they do, and what they actually do. Journal of Environmental Health, 72(2):24-28.
Dodd, C.C. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Regulatory management and communication of risks associated with Eschericia coli O157:H7 in ground beef. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 6(6): 743-747. http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/fpd.2008.0261
Powell, D.A., Hubbell, A.L., Chapman, B. and Jacob, C.J. 2009. New media for food safety. Food Technology, 63(1): 38-43. http://members.ift.org/IFT/Pubs/FoodTechnology/Archives/ft_0109.htm
Powell, D.A., Surgeoner, B.V., Wilson, S.M. and Chapman, B.J. 2007. The media and the message: Risk analysis and compelling food safety information from farm-to-fork. Australian Journal of Dairy Technology, 62(2): 55-59.
Mathiasen, L. and Powell, D.A. 2005. Secret shopper: Grocery store employee food handling practice from a customer's perspective. Food Protection Trends 25: 626-636.
Kastner, J., Powell, D.A., Crowley, T. and Huff, K. 2005. Scientific conviction amidst scientific controversy in the transatlantic livestock and meat trade.” Endeavour, 29(2): 78-83.
Mathiasen, L.A., Chapman, B.J., Lacroix, B.J. and Powell, D.A. 2004. Spot the Mistake: Television cooking shows as a source of food safety information. Food Protection Trends, 24(5): 328-334.
Powell, D.A., Chapman, B. and Luedtke, A. 2002. Pre-harvest issues related to food safety in fruits and vegetables. Acta Horticulturae.
Blaine K. and Powell D.A. 2004. Microbial food safety considerations for organic produce production; a comparative analysis of Canadian organic production standards with guidelines for microbial food safety. Food Protection Trends, 24(4): 246-252.
Powell, D.A., Blaine, K., Morris, S. and Wilson, J. 2003. Agronomic and consumer considerations for Bt and conventional sweet corn. British Food Journal, 105(10): 700-713. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=50C5A2C06EB244CFEDF21EF1632F32EB?contentType=Article&contentId=870721
Luedtke, A.N., Chapman, B.J. and Powell, D.A. 2003. Research note: Implementation and analysis of an on-farm food safety program for the production of greenhouse vegetables. Journal of Food Protection, 66(3): 485-489.
Powell, D.A., Bobadilla-Ruiz, M., Whitfield, A. Griffiths, M.G. and Luedtke, A. 2002. Development, implementation and analysis of an on-farm food safety program for the production of greenhouse vegetables in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Food Protection, 65(6): 918-923.
Luedtke, A.N. and Powell, D.A. 2002. A review of North American E. coli O157:H7 apple cider outbreaks, media coverage and a comparative analysis of Ontario apple cider producer’s information sources and production practices. Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, 22: 590-598.
Powell, D.A., Alves, D.M., Lynch, J., Lammerding, A. and Griffiths, M.W. 1999. Evaluation of electronic information sources to identify food safety issues for risk management and communication: the creation and assessment of the Food Safety network (FSnet). Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, 19(9): 618-621.