By Amy Alkon
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Hand Condoms For Food Preparers Mandated In California
Sorry, but was there some rash of food poisonings we haven’t heard about? People eat at restaurants constantly in the state of California and the entire state isn’t sick in bed or puking in a bucket.
Betty Hallock writes for the LA Times about a new law in California forcing chefs and food preparers to wear gloves:
Many chefs are up in arms about having to wear gloves while cooking, in accordance with a new food safety law that goes into effect over the next six months.
The new law bans bare-handed contact with many kinds of foods, but some chefs say the law is confusing, ineffective, bad for the environment and can compromise a final dish.
“The band-aid of a blanket glove regulation is potentially dangerous,” says Neal Fraser, chef-owner of BLD restaurant and Fritzi Dog. “People get into the tendency to not wash their hands. And environmentally it’s very unfriendly. It’s funny that at the same time L.A. institutes a plastic bag ban, there’s this.”
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that made changes to the California Retail Food Code in an effort to curtail foodborne illnesses, and those changes include a law that says “food employees shall not contact exposed, ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.”
That means cooks must wear single-use gloves or use utensils when handling food such as sushi, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and any cooked components of dishes that will be plated for customers.
“For the most part I use gloves throughout my whole preparation process,” said Niki Nakayama, the chef of N/naka who makes sushi as part of her Japanese kaiseki-like meals, “and I have no problem wearing gloves for plating something. I’m on the fence about the cleanliness of gloves all the time.”
But most important for her, “making sushi is incredibly hard to do with gloves on. No. 1, the rice is so sticky, the rice would stick to the gloves undoubtedly. Plus you lose that sense of feel, which is everything in sushi making. You have to know exactly the right pressure to put on ingredients. Wearing a glove would hurt the product.”
A comment from the LAT site:
So I see less cleanliness all the way around.
1. Less hand washing since wearing gloves will give workers a false sense that their hands are clean.
2. They glove up with dirty hands, only to re-glove with dirty hands reaching into the boxes of …read more