Douglas Powell
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B.Sc.,          1985         University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Ph.D.           1996         University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Professional experience

Current                Food safety writer and consultant, powell food safety

2011-2013           Full Professor, tenured, Kansas State University Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

2006 – 2011         Associate Professor, tenured, Kansas State University Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

1996- 2006           Assistant, then Associate Professor, tenured, University of Guelph Department of Food Science/Plant Agriculture

Grants received (selected; PI-role only)

2012-2016       US Dept. Agriculture, strategic communications shiga-toxin-producing E. coli, $520,200

2005-2008       Source: Canadian Vitamins Class Action. Total funding: $1,018,825

2007-2009       American Meat Institute, $100,000


Books 1
Chapters in books 11
Papers, letters to editors and technical notes published in refereed journals 56
Papers in press, accepted or submitted 1
Abstracts read 117
Book reviews 10
Technical reports 29
Commentary/Letters to editors 198 postings since 2006  6,000
media interviews and citations  300-500/year



1. Powell, D.A. and Leiss, W. 1997. Mad Cows and Mothers’ Milk. McGill-Queen’s University Press. 308 pp.

Chapters in books

11. Powell, D.A. 2011. Food safety, genetically engineered foods and perception in Comprehensive Biotechnology, Second Edition, Moo-Young M, (ed.)  Elsevier p. 769-773.

10. 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.

9. Jacob, C.J., Chapman, B.J. and Powell, D.A. 2009. Conclusions and Recommendations in The Produce Contamination Problem — Causes and Solutions ed. by Gerald Sapers, Academic Press, pp 445-451.

8. Powell, D. 2008. Why transgenic plants are so controversial in Plant Biotechnology and Genetics ed. by C. Neal Stewart. Wiley pp 343-356.

7. 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.

6. Bahtia, J. and Powell, D.A. 2002. The labeling of genetically engineered foods in Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology, ed. by M. Ruse and D. Castle. Prometheus Press.

5. Powell, D.A. 2002. The role of media in epidemiological investigations of foodborne illness in Handbook on Field Epidemiology ed. by Greenough, P. Oxford University Press. London.

4. 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.

3. Powell, D.A. 2001. Mad cow disease and the stigmatization of British beef in Risk, Media and Stigma ed. by Flynn, J., Slovic, P. and Kunreuther. EarthScan. London, pp. 219-228.

2. Powell, D.A. 2000. Genetically-engineered angst: From Frankenstein to Frankenfood. in Safe Enough? Managing Risk and Regulation. Fraser Institute. pp. 135-154.

1. Powell, D.A. 2000. Risk-based regulatory responses in global food trade: Guatemalan raspberry imports into the U.S. and Canada, 1996-1998 in Risk and Regulation ed. by B. Doern. University of Toronto. pp.131-135.

Papers, letters to editors and technical notes published in refereed journals

56. Chapman, B., Raymond, B., Powell, D.A. 2014. Potential of social media as a tool to combat foodborne illness. Perspectives in Public Health 134: 225

55. Erdozain, G., KuKunich, K., Chapman, B. and Powell, D.A. 2014. Best practices for public interaction with animals. Zoonoses and Public health

54. Powell, D.A. 2014. Surveys suck: Consumer preferences when purchasing genetically engineered foods. GM Crops and Food 4 (3): 195-201

53. Chapman, B., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D.  2013. Video observation and data coding methods to assess food handling practices at food service. Food Protection Trends. 33 (3). 146–156.

52. Kukanich KS, Kaur R, Freeman LC., Powell, DA. 2013. Evaluation of a hand hygiene campaign in outpatient health care clinics. Am J Nurs. 113: 36-42.

51. Mancini, R., Murray, L., Chapman, B.J and Powell, D.A. 2012. Investigating the potential benefits of on-site food safety training for Folklorama, a temporary food service event. J. Food Protection 75 (10): 1829-1834.

50. Erdozain, S. Allen, K. and Powell, D.A. 2012. Failures in sprouts related risk communication. Food Control. 10.1016/j.foodcont.2012.08.022

49. Powell, D.A., Erdozain, S., and Chapman, B. 2012. The role of audits and inspections in microbial food safety: how to improve the system and safety. Food Control. 10.1016/j.foodcont.2012.07.044

48. Erdozain, G., KuKanich, K., Chapman, B. and Powell, D.A. 2012. Observation of public health risk behaviors, risk communication, and hand hygiene at Kansas and Missouri petting zoos – 2010-2011. Zoonoses and Public Health. DOI: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2012.01531.x

47. Mathiasen, L., Blaine, K., Chapman, B. and Powell, D.A. 2012. Improving on-farm food safety through the development and evaluation of an agricultural worker training video. Journal of Extension 50.

46. Powell, D.A., Jacob, C.J., and Chapman, B.J. 2011. Blogs, infosheets and new media as academic scholarship in food safety research, education, and extension. Innovative Higher Education, published on-line ahead of print, DOI: 10.1007/s10755-011-9207-

45. Filion, K., Powell, D. 2011. Designing a national restaurant inspection disclosure system for New Zealand. Journal of Food Protection, 74(11), 1869-1874.

44. Filion, K., KuKanich, K. S., Chapman, B., Hardigree, M. K., & Powell, D. A. 2011. Observation-based evaluation of hand hygiene practices and the effects of an intervention at a public hospital cafeteria. American Journal of Infection Control, 39(6), 464-470.

43. Wilson, S., Chapman, B, Powell, D.A. 2011. Understanding food safety information needs: using an information service as a research tool.Food Protection Trends 31:437-445.

42. 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.

41. 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.

40. Chapman, B., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D. 2010. Food safety infosheets: Design and refinement of a narrative-based training intervention. British Food Journal, 113(2).

39. Jacob CJ, Lok C, Morley K & Powell DA. (2011). Government management of two media-facilitated crises involving dioxin contamination of food. Public Understanding of Science 20:261-269.

38. Cahill, S., Morley, K. and Powell, D.A. 2010. Coverage of organic agriculture in North American newspapers: Media: linking food safety, the environment, human health and organic agriculture. British Food Journal, 112(7): 710–722.

37. Chapman, B., Eversley, T., Fillion, D., MacLaurin, T. and Powell, D. 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.

36. Powell, D.A., Blaine, K. and Chapman, B. 2010. Enhancing consumer confidence in agricultural biotechnology and genetically engineered food. The National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas. (Reprinted from Jurimetrics, 2003): 139-152.

35. Jacob, C., Mathiasen, L. and Powell, D. 2010. Designing effective messages for microbial food safety hazards. Food Control, 21(1):1-6.

34. 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.

33. 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.

32. 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.

31. 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.;jsessionid=6146E6AFABCC349C376B7E55A3866D4A?contentType=Article&contentId=1811820

30. 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.

29. 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.

28. Powell, D.A., Hubbell, A.L., Chapman, B. and Jacob, C.J. 2009. New media for food safety. Food Technology, 63(1): 38-43.

27. 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.

26. Powell, D.A., and Chapman, B. 2007. Fresh threat: what’s lurking in your salad bowl? Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 87(10): 1799-1801.

25. Powell, D.A. 2007. What’s your score mate? Food Protection Trends, 26(7): 576.

24. Powell, D. and Chapman, B. 2006. Don’t eat poop. Food Protection Trends, 26(12): 988.

23. Powell, D.A. 2006. Letter to editor contained in “Editor’s note”, British Food Journal, 108(8).;jsessionid=B3AF87159DF931D7A60BFB0DD05ED8EB?contentType=NonArticle&contentId=1567205
22. Mathiasen, L. and Powell, D. 2005.  Secret shopper: Grocery store employee food handling practice from a customer’s perspective. Food Protection Trends 25: 626-636.

21. Kastner, J., Powell, D., Crowley, T. and Huff, K. 2005. Scientific conviction amidst scientific controversy in the transatlantic livestock and meat trade.” Endeavour, 29(2): 78-83.

20. 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.

19. Powell, D.A., Chapman, B. and Luedtke, A. 2002. Pre-harvest issues related to food safety in fruits and vegetables. Acta Horticulturae.

18. 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.

17. 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.;jsessionid=50C5A2C06EB244CFEDF21EF1632F32EB?contentType=Article&contentId=870721

16. Powell D. A., Blaine, K. and Chapman, B. 2003. Enhancing consumer confidence in agricultural biotechnology and genetically engineered food. Jurimetrics Journal, 44:139-152.

15. Lacroix, B.J., Li, K.W. and Powell, D.A. 2003. Consumer food handling recommendations: is thawing of turkey a food safety issue? Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 64(2): 59-61.

14. 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.

13. Blaine, K., Kamaldeen, S. and Powell, D. 2002.  Public perceptions of biotechnology, Journal of Food Science, 67(9): 3200-3208.

12. Kastner, J. and Powell, D. 2002. The SPS agreement: addressing historical factors in trade dispute resolution. Agriculture and Human Values, 19(4): 283-92.

11. 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.

10. Blaine, K. and Powell, D.A. 2002. Communication of food-related risks. AgBioForum, 4(3): 179-185.

9. 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.

8. Powell, D. A., Blaine, K., Gomes, L., Grant, S. E., LaCroix, B. and Morris, S. 2002. Water Warnings: Communication in Drinking Water-Related Public Health Emergencies, Walkerton Inquiry Commissioned Paper 12, Toronto, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.

7. Powell, D.A. 2002. Food safety: a scientific perspective. Insert to the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 63(1).

6. Morris, S. and Powell, D.A. 2001. Rats and risk. The Lancet, 357(9252): 309-310.

5. Powell, D.A. 2000. Food safety and the consumer — perils of poor risk communication. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 80(3): 393-404

4. Powell, D.A. 2000. Reclaiming dinner: enhancing food safety and consumer confidence. Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, 20(11): 846-848.

3. 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.

2. Powell, D.A. and Harris, L.J. 1997. Fast food on the information highway. Part 1. Becoming electronic: take me to your e-mail. Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation, 12: 38-40.

1. Lee, S. -W., Nazar, R.N., Powell, D.A. and Robb, J. 1992. Reduced PAL gene suppression in Verticillium-infected resistant tomatoes. Plant Molecular Biology, 18: 345-352.



Teaching program 26 courses
Graduate students 28 degree-receiving
Guest lectures 24 graduate, 41 undergraduate

Courses Taught

  • Food Safety Risk Analysis (distance and face-to-face)
  • Food Safety Media Reporting (distance and face-to-face)
  • Convergence Media Reporting
  • Issues in Food Safety Risk Analysis
  • Food Safety Policy
  • Food Safety Risk Analysis Seminar
  • Food Science Communications
  • Science, Technology and Risk

I first promoted the use of Internet-based listservs within classes in 1994. I have subsequently promoted wikipedia, blogs, facebook, youtube  and whatever tools can assist in preparing students for future careers.

I have taught hundreds of professional workshops on risk analysis beginning in 1994 in Guelph, and 1996 at the IAMFES conference in Seattle (International Association for Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians, the predecessor organization to the International Association for Food Protection, IAFP).

Through and, I provide research, educational and journalistic opportunities for secondary, undergraduate and graduate students in a multi-media electronic environment. As such, I have a number of students constantly moving through the lab from a variety of backgrounds – food science, nutrition, psychology, sociology, journalism, etc.

I have recently begun to further emphasize and explore the role of electronic-mediated distance education and instruction. Although I gave my first video presentation to IAFP in Atlanta in 2000 as my Ivan Parkin award lecture, I am now using pre-recorded and live video to deliver interactive instructional material to public health professionals, elementary and secondary teachers, and to food safety professionals around the world. My laboratory is operated on this basis, so I can provide advising and collaboration with students and colleagues throughout Kansas and throughout the world.

K-State media relations provided a brief, Jun, 2010, summary of such activities, available at, and summarized below.

Powell has broadcasted more than 20 keynote speeches and presentations via programs such as Skype and iChat since 2000. Using a combination of live video feeds and pre-recorded video, Powell has presented on various food safety topics to audiences ranging in size from five to 800 people. “I actually find it forces me to be more creative,” he said. “If you’re giving a talk in person, you can tell when people are sort of zoning out or falling asleep and you can modify it. You don’t get that on video because you’re talking to a camera.”

I have also extensively used food safety blogs, infosheets and other new media tools in food safety extension, research and education, and am using graduate students to critically evaluate effectiveness.


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