LSU AgCenter hosted first run of food safety course

Staff Report
Class of 2016

On Saturday, July 9, the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter hosted a Food Safety Short Course at its facility on Robin St., Napoleonville. Robin Landry, Area Nutrition Agent, coordinated the event which was taught by LSU AgCenter Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist Wenqing Xu, PhD.

Landry was contacted by Dr. Xu after the devastating tornado and high winds hit the area earlier this year. According to Landry, having many people in our area providing their cooking skills not only in the time of a disaster, but for fairs, festivals, weddings, and other fundraisers proved to be the best place to pilot this program by Dr. Xu.

With Landry’s knowledge of and contacts in the area, the program was advertised in local newspapers for one month prior to gauge interest in such a course. Since this was a pilot program, it was offered free to the first twenty-five participants. Eleven participants from not only Assumption Parish took part, but others came from the surrounding areas. Some for specific reasons such as cooking for fairs, football games, weddings, but others came just for the food safety knowledge.

The 5 ½ hour course taught topics that included why food safety is important, personal hygiene, time and temperature control, preventing cross-contamination, and cleaning and sanitizing. Participants were provided with a binder of information and resources to take with them. Upon successful completion of the course, all participants received a ServSafe Certificate of Achievement that certifies them as a ServSafe Food Handler for three years.

For more information on Food Safety and other nutrition related topics, contact Robin B. Landry, Area Nutrition Agent, at the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter Office by phone at (985) 369-6386 or email at RLandry@AgCenter.LSU.Edu.