New California Health Code Requires Gloves, Bans Raw-Dog Handling of Food


Earlier this week I was ordering at a Taco Bell drive-thru when I noticed the cashier sneezed and didn’t wash his hands before handing over my food. I took it anyway, but definitely not without wondering for a second whether or not I’d die because of it.

Thanks to a new California health code revision, such sketchy practices will hopefully be a thing of the past. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the updated California Retail Food Code (which went into effect January 1) goes a step further than its previous version, in that it bans bare-hand contact with prepared food instead of simply minimizing it. In other words, all food must be handled by employees wearing single-use gloves or using utensils such as tongs, scoops, spatulas, or wax paper.

Sushi lovers needn’t get their nori in a bunch, however. Not only is the state allowing a six-month adjustment period for restaurants, but the law also offers plenty of loopholes to allow sushi chefs to do what they do. For example, obtaining the proper permits from authorities, providing ample documentation proving staff understanding of the associated gastrointestinal risks, and double hand washing.

Let’s just hope food employees actually get around to changing their gloves though. Because ew.

H/T Inside Scoop SF

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

6 replies on “New California Health Code Requires Gloves, Bans Raw-Dog Handling of Food”

The gloves are WORSE then bare hands in my opinion as workers touch anything and everything as they have gloves on their hands & they wash LESS then with un-gloved hands. I for one feel MORE nervous about food handling when I see workers using gloves rather then bare hands. Sometimes at work I wear gloves (not in food handling) and when I have them on I dont give a second thought to what Im touching as I have 0 concerns whereas when I dont have gloves I always think first and grab second!

Yes Linda I agree Yelp has its own internal issues most of which are due to them trying to generate revenue (not a bad thing) and showing favoritism to paying business VS non-paying businesses which is likey why they deleted the neg review which is purely wrong! Their reputation will suffer in the long run.

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