New Rules: California Chefs, Bartenders Now Forced To Wear GlovesPosted: January 18, 2014 | |
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Baylen Linnekin writes: Chefs and bartenders in California are aghast over a new law that prevents them from touching the food they will serve to customers. The new law, which took effect on January 1, is part of the California Retail Food Code.
State food handling regulations previouslyrequired foodservice employees to “minimize bare hand and arm contact with non-prepackaged food that is in a ready-to-eat-form[.]“
The new law “instead requires food employees to minimize bard hand and arm contact with exposed food that is not in a ready-to-eat form.” The “ready-to-eat” terminology means “food that is edible without additional preparation to achieve food safety.”
That sounds complex.
So which California lawmakers voted for this law? All of them, it turns out.
Why this unanimous support for the law?
One reason, I suspect, is that there is data to support the claim that restaurant food preparation can—and sometimes does—make people sick (even if it’s but one of many risk factors for foodborne illness).
According to CDC data, for example, nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness in 2009-10 “were caused by food consumed in a restaurant or deli.” And a California Restaurant Association fact sheet notes that “food service employees are the source of contamination in more than two-thirds of the foodborne outbreaks reported in the United States with a bacterial or viral cause.” But rather than suggesting chefs wear mittens while handling food, for example, the CDC instead urges every restaurant to “[t]rain and certify managers in food safety[.]“
The CDC also suggests other preventative steps.
“Illnesses can be greatly reduced,” Dr. Patricia Griffin of the CDC told the Wall St. Journal last year, “if food preparers take simple precautions such as washing their hands often and keeping raw meat separate from fruits and vegetables.”
So what can chefs and bartenders in California do to deal the glove requirement?
- Bartenders balk at glove rule (foxnews.com)
- California bartenders must now wear GLOVES under new state law (lunaticoutpost.com)
- Bartenders Should Be Wearing Gloves Under New California Law (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Bartenders Must Wear Gloves According to New California Law (katenews2day.com)
- California mandates gloves for all food handling (overlawyered.com)
- California Chefs “Fighting Mad” Over Required Glove Use (friendseat.com)
- California Sushi Chefs Can No Longer Use Bare Hands (reason.com)
- Bartenders Say California Law Requiring They Wear Gloves Is Off-Putting, Less Hygienic (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bartenders Could Have to Wear Gloves as Part of New California Food Law (blogs.sfweekly.com)