Baton Rouge, LAFood-borne illnesses caused by over 30 major pathogens are estimated to affect approximately 9 million people in the United States every year. Educating the public about following proper food safety practices are crucial. Food safety is a critical necessity for any dining and serving food experiences.

For this reason, the Southern University Ag Center will held a free ServSafe certification program for individuals who are currently in the food serve industry or those interested in opening a food business in the future.

The certification program will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in room 138 of A. O. Williams Hall – SU Ag Center Building, 181 B. A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Conference for Food Protection. The SU Ag Center offers the food safety (ServSafe) certification program to the public free of charge.

To attend the class, participants must purchase the ServSafe Manager Book 6th edition, English (ESX6R) and the exam answer sheets, English only (SSEAS). 

The book and answer sheets can be purchased at the Barnes and Nobel’s located at 2 Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (on the LSU campus) or online at for $70.30 and $38.00, respectively, plus shipping and handling.

For more information or to register for upcoming classes, contact Fatemeh Malekian at 225-771-0251