California mandates gloves for all food handling

By Walter Olson

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Chefs “hate” the idea of using gloves or tongs on everything, says the L.A. Times, and the epic volume of plastic disposables that will have to be run through daily will make a bad joke out of the bag bans popular in the state, but the legislature was unswayed:

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.

Some opinions from Twitter:

California-Crazy: New law requires bartenders to wear gloves or use tongs while adding drink garnish – plus all chefs

— Mark Lee (@MarkLeeDC) January 11, 2014

Thank goodness gloves don’t get dirty! Pointless. Chefs hate new law requiring them to wear gloves: ‘It’s terrible’

— Alicia (@Jedimaster128) January 13, 2014

“I bet it’s three months before a glove shows up in a salad.” The end of the cooking craft is nigh:

— christophehille (@christophehille) January 12, 2014

Not a good idea. Wearing gloves is a crutch to washing hands and being sanitary.

— Jamie DeRosa (@JamieDeRosa) January 9, 2014

You’re going to eat raw fish, and you’re worried about what’s on the chef’s hands?

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) January 11, 2014

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