Letterman: Researchers advise, don’t eat poop

As part of the small town news segment of the David Letterman Show on CBS Monday, June, 4, 2007, Dave told Paul, "Here’s good advice, take a look at the headline, ‘Researchers advise, don’t eat poop.’"

The story comes from extensive wire coverage about the International Food Safety Network at Kansas State University in recent months, and can be summarized by:

Don’t-eat-poop T-shirts, barfblog, and a group of individuals passionately committed to making the world’s food safer. That’s the International Food Safety Network (iFSN) at Kansas State University.

Dr. Douglas Powell , scientific director of iFSN leads a team of researchers who want to make food safety a pop-culture phenomenon and change the way the world thinks about food, from farm-to-fork. They comment daily on food safety happenings at barfblog, which includes categories such as celebrity barf and yuck factor. At the height of the E. coli O157:H7 spinach outbreak in 2006, Powell noted that people who got sick were eating cow feces, and advised, Don’t Eat Poop. T-shirts to encourage proper handwashing — and not to eat poop — are available in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

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 Thanks to Dan Thomson at K-State for alerting us to the Letterman broadcast.

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About Douglas Powell

A former professor of food safety and the publisher of barfblog.com, Powell is passionate about food, has five daughters, and is an OK goaltender in pickup hockey. Download Doug’s CV here. Dr. Douglas Powell editor, barfblog.com retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 dpowell29@gmail.com 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time