Our nostalgic food safety dinner

Ron Doering pretty much invented the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Back about 1996, he was asked to review food inspection for the Canadian government and figure out ways to make it better and more ron.doug.3.jan.13efficient. He did such a good job he was named the first president from 1997-2002.

Canadians probably can’t name a CFIA president since.

Not bad for an environmental lawyer.

Ron has lectured in my graduate classes and disagreed with some of my food safety stuff over the past 15 years, but we’ve always stayed in touch, so it was a pleasure that Ron and his wife, Beth, joined us for dinner on the Island last night.

Turns out they were staying in Venice for part of the winter (that’s in Florida, about 30 minutes away).

And, just like in hockey, we can disagree but still have a beer afterwards.

I can’t quite put into words how moved and grateful I was by the get-together last night.

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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