LSU AgCenter Extension conducts “Safe Food Handlers” workshops to help people learn to keep food safe. Notable among the participants are the food vendors for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This organization requires that all vendors who sell food at this annual event complete this 8-hour training course.
A spin-off of this training program is called “Safe Food, Healthy Children.” In this program, extension specialists teach food handlers from day care centers, preschools and Head Start centers. Part of this training involves teaching young children about food safety with a “Hurray for Hand Washing” curriculum.
Food safety extension publications available to the public include the following. One copy is free to any Louisiana resident. You may obtain them from your local parish extension office or order from the Internet at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/mcms/webtools/orderpublication.aspx
- There’s a Fungus Among Us! Food Molds—An Important Health Concern #2488
- Fight Bac #2700
- Handling Food and Water After a Storm or Flood #2527I
- How to Cook When the Power Goes Off #2527L
- Play It Safe with Food After a Power Outage #2527M
(This article was published in the spring 2000 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)