LSU AgCenter offering food safety short course: cooking for large groups

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The LSU AgCenter is looking for interested people who prepare food for large groups to take part in a food safety training program.

Whether you are an individual or are part of a team who prepares large quantities of food for festivals, after disasters or for other fundraisers, we are hoping that you are concerned with food safety and want to learn more about it. The program is free and focuses on the food safety techniques that help you, as a cook or a food handler, to prepare and serve food with safe practices in mind. 

The certification program covers the following topics: Challenges of Cooking for Large Groups after a Disaster, Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination and Allergens, Time and Temperature Control, and Cleaning and Sanitation. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and certification is good for three years.

The course will be taught by LSU AgCenter Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist Wenqing (Wennie) Xu, Ph.D. and is open to the first 25 participants who register. The course will be conducted on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Assumption Parish Extension Office located at 119 Robin Street in Napoleonville, Louisiana.

The class will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their lunch. For more information and to register for the course contact Robin Landry at the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter Office, 985-369-6386 or

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