Baton Rouge, La. – Eleven Louisiana residents recently received Food Safety Certification under the Southern University Ag Center’s, “Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana Small Farms and Businesses,” program. The training was held in Folsom, Louisiana, located in St. Tammany Parish. The all-female class included two restaurant co-owners, their workers and family members who were working in the restaurant.
The training in safe food handling was held for five weeks, ending on April 1. The participants learned about the importance of food safety, good personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross-contamination, cleaning and sanitizing.
Dr. Fatemeh Malekian, Professor at the Southern University Ag Center, conducted the training and was assisted by L’Asia George, Research Assistant, and Emily King, Produce Safety Program Coordinator.
William Augustine, Project Coordinator, brought the Mobile Technology Education Center to Folsom on the last class. The Mobile Unit is a full-size bus retrofitted into a mobile classroom. It is furnished with computers, the internet, a projector, and a small kitchen. L’Asia George conducted a food safety/cooking demonstration on the unit, focusing on using proper food safety practices during preparation, cooking, and serving.
Participants received the ServSafe Food Handler Guide and a binder with the information taught in the sessions. At the final session, the participants were awarded certificates acknowledging their completion of the Food Handler course. The training and resource materials were provided at no cost to the participants.
For additional information about our Food Safety Certification Program, contact Dr. Fatemeh Malekian at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily King at email@example.com.