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New Law Requires California Bartenders to Wear Gloves on the Job

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If appears that California’s unpopular new law requiring culinary workers to wear gloves when handling food will also apply to those behind the bar. Bartenders must now wear gloves or utensils like tweezers when touching ingredients such as herbs, olives, lemon wedges and ice cubes.

Unfortunately, as in the case with chefs in the kitchen, many bartenders may find this new law both tedious and limiting. “I’m always touching any kind of herbs from my garden, touching persimmons to feel for their plumpness or softness,” bartender Matthew Biancaniello told the LA Times. “But the gloves thing, even when I go to buffets and see it, I flinch a little and think ‘hospital.'”

To ease the blow, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that the law will see a “soft roll-out” these next six months to a year. During this period, food handlers will not be penalized by point deductions when not using gloves but will receive a warning instead.

Still, seeing my bartender garnish my old fashioned with a pair of latex gloves might bug me out just a little.

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Health Grades Now Available on Yelp for L.A. Based Eateries

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Remember when we talked about Yelp adding health inspection scores to their restaurant reviews? Well the day has finally come for Angelinos as the review site has begun adding health scores for LA based restaurants.

Visitors to the site will now be able to check out how clean their favorite eatery is along with the ability to add a review thanks to a partnership between Yelp and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Aside from simply seeing the letter grade Yelpers can also see a quick rundown of the restaurant’s violations.

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Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles county believes the move will better educate consumers on their food and help alleviate the risk of food related illnesses:

“Our research has shown that the posting of restaurant letter grade cards was associated with a reduction in food-borne illness hospitalizations. Publishing inspection scores online in conjunction with consumer-written reviews of restaurants is the logical next step.”

Health grades are currently only available for restaurants that were inspected after July 1, 2013 but all information in regards to inspections can always be found on the health department’s website.

If for some reason you’re wondering why you see a number score and not a letter that means the restaurant scored lower than a “C” grade. This also means you should probably think twice before risking your life for that “authentic” Chinese food.

H/T + PicThx LA Times, Yelp