Bartenders Could Have to Wear Gloves as Part of New California Food Law

Categories: Controversy

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Not quite the same in disposable rubber gloves, is it?
We might be seeing a lot more tweezers in cocktail bars this time next year. The new California food safety law that went into effect on Jan. 1, which requires chefs and food-handlers to wear disposable gloves or use utensils when handling "ready-to-eat foods" like sushi, deli sandwiches, and so on, has riled up a lot of folks in the food community. Today, the LA Times pointed out that the law could extend to bartenders when they handle ice, make lemon twists, or olive garnishes.

There's something decidedly unsexy about a bartender wearing disposable rubber gloves to make a drink, and I'd wager that the craft cocktail community will hold out as long as it can. We'll have to wait and see how far the Department of Public Health will take things. As a spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association told the LAT, they're still waiting on "guidance documents" from food inspectors to see exactly how the law will be implemented.

In the meantime, maybe someone can get busy inventing these hands-free garnish dispensers?

[LA Times]






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Cristo Des
Cristo Des

Food safety in most restaurants is ridiculous, they spray the tables with windex or something simlar, sparying the salt, pepper, salsa and the mist surely flies into other tables and kitchen;

Cristo Des
Cristo Des

so, the gloves will inherit all of the mcrobes and accumulate them on their tips as where an SOP requiring all baristas to disnfect their handas afetr every drink served or before they touch the ingreditens would be of much more practical use.

Rude Trevor Vargas
Rude Trevor Vargas

Perhaps we should all just stay home and eat food from unopened cans boiled until the contents reach 100 degrees for three hours! just to be on the safe side.

Ken Traver
Ken Traver

I think it is another invasion of government in things beyond their purview

Christina Mathis
Christina Mathis

It's gross to watch bartenders touching money and then squeezing lemon into your drink. It may not look cool but gloves are a good idea.

Kairi Willow
Kairi Willow

I don't mind if there's an attractive girl mixing drinks without gloves; but would prefer the gloves if there was a burly/hairy guy or a granny/grandpa mixing or serving for me. Even if the guy was professional, it would be nice to see some gloves; not the shitty celophane ones though, something more medical. It would clean up the shitty dive bars around SF, anyway. CHEERS!!

Matthew Ogrodowicz
Matthew Ogrodowicz

I'm fairly certain health code in MA says that the garnishes need to be put on with utensils but I almost never see this happen. Also, I think this same law requires chefs (including sushi chefs) to wear gloves which is ridiculous.

Tony Scuvotti
Tony Scuvotti

What a ridiculous law! It's a joke for cooks and bartenders alike.

Dee Dee Russell
Dee Dee Russell

Yes. They cut open citrus fruit then handle dirty money rinse lather and repeat. But the gloves are going to get dirty too so the only thing protected will be their hands, not us. Slipperly slope.

Jonathan Bowles Wash
Jonathan Bowles Wash

No one is reading the entire article cuz it clearly says that the law requires gloves OR utensils when handling it. My bet, the bars will require utensils.

Robert Scalzi
Robert Scalzi

Um why the fuck do you have a picture of the douchiest of douches as your thumbnail for this story ?? couldn't find a picture of an actual bartender from SF ?? weak

Joël Zavalla
Joël Zavalla

it's not about the alcohol, it's about the garnish (olives, lemon, lime, etc.) and ice. Bartenders should already be using an ice scoop and can use tongs for garnish if they don't want to wear gloves. It does sound like legislation out of Bloomberg's New York though. A little over reaching.

John Leal II
John Leal II

Anyone handling an open container should be required to wear gloves. Starbucks is so disgusting.

Ken Louie
Ken Louie

Where's the "unlike BS button"!

Lori Molski
Lori Molski

I think its great. Last few years we had outbreak of Norovirus because some guys weren't hygenic enough to wash their hands before cutting limes, lemons, pineapples etc...Have you ever had Norovirus? I got it from Buca de Peppo and was sick for weeks.

Moto Juku
Moto Juku

Its ALCOHOL!. It takes of itself. WTF!

Jory Bergman
Jory Bergman

It sets up a false sense of safety wearing gloves. Less hand washing!

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