|Dr. Fatemeh Malekian conducts a food safety certification session in Alexandria, LA on the SU Land-Grant Campus' Mobil Education and Technology Center.|
Training designed for individuals who work in the food service industry
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus (SULGC) held a Food Safety Certification training in Alexandria, LA on November 26.
The training, which was taught by Dr. Fatemeh Malekian, was the second session of the five-part course designed for individuals who work in food service or who are starting food businesses.
During the training, Dr. Malekian discussed proper personal hygiene for individuals who handle food, including hand washing, using gloves properly, clothing and jewelry, and illness or injury.
Because correct hand washing is a critical part of food safety, Dr. Malekian conducted a hand washing demonstration where participants rubbed a gel, which represented dirt and germs, on their hands. The participants then washed their hands thoroughly with soap and water. After the hand washing, Dr. Fatemeh used a black-light to see if any gel, which glows in the dark, remained on their hands. The participants were surprised to see that a small amount of the gel was left in places like the cuticles of their fingers and folds in the palms.
The training and demonstration were held on the SULGC’s Mobile Education and Technology Center, a bus retrofitted with up-to-date technology and a demonstration kitchen. William Augustine, Project Coordinator, operates the mobile unit.
In addition to proper personal hygiene, topics covered during the course will include the importance of food safety, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross-contamination, and cleaning and sanitizing. Along with Dr. Malekian, the SULGC Food Safety Certification team includes Dr. Kasundra Cyrus, Emily King and L’Asia George.
Participants receive the ServSafe Food Handler Guide and a binder with the information taught in the sessions. At the final session on December 17, the participants will be awarded certificates acknowledging their Food Safety Certification. The training and all educational materials are provided at no cost to the participants.
Funding for the Food Safety Certification Program is provided by the Enhancing Capacity of Louisiana Small Farms and Businesses grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Services.
For additional information about the SU Land-Grant Campus’s Food Safety Certification Program or to schedule a training in your area, contact Emily King or L’Asia George at 225-771-2242.
The Southern University Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Land-Grant Campus.