- Food safety law requires bartenders and chefs to wear gloves whenever they are coming into direct contact with food or even making drinks
Los Angeles bartenders have been told they must wear gloves when making drinks from now on, thanks to the introduction of a new food safety law.
Like chefs, bartenders have to wear gloves or use other utensils and are not allowed to touch ice, fruit garnishes or anything else that goes directly into your glass.
Changes to the California Retail Food Code went into effect at the beginning of 2014.
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Chefs have also been banned from touching certain foods with their bare hands including sushi, bread, deli meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Bartender Matthew Biancaniello says he has experimented with gloves in the past.
‘I felt really suffocated by it,’ he told the LA times. ’I’m always touching any kind of herbs from my garden, touching persimmons to feel for their plumpness or softness. But the gloves thing, even when I go to buffets and see it, I flinch a little and think ‘hospital.’
In the kitchen, chefs have called the new law ‘ineffective and wasteful’.
The law will be rolled out over the next year but any bartenders and food handlers that are found by the Los Angeles County Health Board not to wearing gloves, will receive a warning.
Workers will either have to get used to wearing the latex or use tongs and tweezers to help them with their work.