Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Use ServSafe for your food safety training requirements

The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) just learned that a Utah company has been spamming Gulf South restaurateurs with deceptive calls referencing faulty required food safety and sanitation courses. A cease and desist was issued by ANSI through efforts of the National Restaurant Association as a result. The LRA is your state approved trusted resource for all food safety and sanitation, alcohol server, food handler and allergens training courses.

ServSafe Manager, the eight-hour course is required by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. ServSafe Alcohol Training Online is required by the Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco Control.  As a member of the LRA, you receive a significant discount on all ServSafe products, both required and voluntary:

ServSafe Manager
The Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals requires that at least one person per foodservice establishment complete the eight-hour food safety and sanitation course—ServSafe Manager. The comprehensive course blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. The LRA is the largest training provider in the state for ServSafe Manager and LRA Members receive a significant discount. Classes are offered in person and available online here.

Upcoming ServSafe Classes (All classes are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Registered online here.

April 7, Quality Hotel, 210 S. Hollywood Road, Houma
April 28, The Chicory, 610 S. Peters St., New Orleans

May 5, Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 East Texas St., Bossier City
May 7, Courtyard By Marriott, 3830 Alexandria Mall Dr., Alexandria
May 13, Café Reconcile, 1634 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
May 19, Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge
May 20, South Louisiana Community College, 1101 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette
May 21, Sowela Technical Community College, 3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave., Lake Charles

June 9, Alack Culinary Equipment, 17420 Hwy 190, Hammond
June 16, Chateau Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner
June 23, Juban’s Restaurant, 3739 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge
June 24, South Louisiana Community College, 1101 Bertrand Dr., Lafayette
June 30, Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Rd., Harvey

ServSafe Alcohol Online
Launched last summer, ServSafe Alcohol Online training is the first of its kind in Louisiana and replaces the need for servers of alcoholic beverages to attend a class in person. The ATC mandated, two-hour ServSafe Alcohol Online course is available 24/7 anywhere servers have access to a PC and the internet. LRA members receive a 10 percent discount on the regular $30 cost.

ServSafe Food Handler
ServSafe Food Handler is designed to add an additional layer of protection for your restaurant’s patrons. The two-hour course is available online for just $15 and provides your staff with the basic knowledge they need to serve your guests in a safety and sanitary manner. 

ServSafe Allergens
The most recent product released by the LRA is ServSafe Allergens—a 90-minute online course developed to assist restaurant staff in serving the 15 million Americans with food allergies safely. This voluntary course teaches restaurant staff about the various food allergies and implications for guests, how to properly communicate with guests and other restaurant staff, and proper procedures for front and back of the house staff, avoiding cross contact, inventory and preparation controls and what to do in case of an emergency. With the increased demand for gluten-free menu options and other alterations, this course can help you become more trusted among diners with food allergies. The cost for LRA members is $19.80. 

If you receive a call of this type referenced above or have any questions, please call the LRA at (504) 454-2277 today.  

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