Crossing borders: food safety style

Wal-Mart Frank brought along a piece of the past when he visited a few weeks ago – the program for the 2000 meeting of what is now know as the International Association for Food Protection where I gave the Ivan Parkin lecture to a room of 800 people – by video (right, sorta as shown).

I never got a program, so Frank thoughtfully brought one along and complimented me on the shape of my hair.

That was the first time I got stopped at a border for improper paperwork.

It’s happened again.

Australia is requesting new paperwork from the Canadians (who are hopeless, it’s been six months so far for a fingerprint check) so no Australian visa for me.

I put Amy and Sorenne and Mary Poppins on a plane to Brisbane, Australia last night because smarty pants Amy got herself a French professoring job at the University of Queensland and the new semester starts in a couple of weeks. (Mary Poppins is nanny Emma, who’s going for two weeks to help get things set up).

I’m staying at Kansas State, where I love it, racking up air miles and doing some of my K-State work remotely, if I ever get my Australian visa.

Chapman already invited me to tag along to IAFP. I may go.

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A former professor of food safety and the publisher of, 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, retired professor, food safety 3/289 Annerley Rd Annerley, Queensland 4103 61478222221 I am based in Brisbane, Australia, 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time