Food Safety: Getting Rid Of Law Forcing Chefs To Wear Gloves

Do you think the people that prepare your food in restaurants should wear gloves? The State of California does, and a new law requires chefs and bartenders to wear gloves. However, some are trying to get rid of the law.

A law banning bare hands from touching food going to customers started in January. At Carlo Di Cicco's restaurant the chef's aren't wearing gloves yet. He says they'll start in July when health inspectors start enforcing the law.

"It just seems like a headache from square one," says Owner of Di Cicco's, Carlo Di Cicco's, "What do you do if you're out of gloves? Are we supposed to stop doing what we're doing until we get gloves?"

Di Cicco says he likes a plan to get rid of the law. He says one of the big reasons he doesn't want gloves in the kitchen is because it's dangerous.

"There are hot pans and the glove can melt to your hand," adds Di Cicco's.

According to the FDA bare hand contact with any ready to eat food can result in contamination of food and contribute to food borne illness outbreaks. The government agency also says single-use gloves used along with hand washing can help decrease the transfer of germs from the hand to food.

Di Cicco says gloves make people believe they're safe. He adds the best thing a chef can do is wash their hands.

"You're going to have some upset customers because their food won't come out on time," says Di Cicco, "They'll be busy washing their hands and changing their gloves."

Forty one states require chefs to wear gloves while preparing food. Some of those laws are more than twenty years old.