Unpopular California Glove Law for Chefs Will Probably Be Repealed [Hallelujah!]


Sushi and cocktail lovers rejoice: that pesky California health code law which required chefs and bartenders to wear gloves while handling all ready-to-eat foods will probably be repealed “this week.”

According to the OC Weekly, an emergency bill has been proposed in the California state assembly to reverse the glove law to its pre-2014 state, which required gloves only for certain segments of the food service industry instead of across the board. In its current iteration, the bill bans any bare-hand contact with foods that will be directly eaten by customers, including sushi, baked goods, and lemon garnishes. It did allow a six month grace period, though, so it’s likely many restaurants and workers never started obeying the law in the first place.

According to assemblyman Richard Pan, who proposed the bill, “It’s not about whether there are gloves or not, it should be about whether the local business and the health inspector have worked together to create a safe environment for the customer.”

TL;DR: false alarm guys. Phew.

Picthx Andrew Magill


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


3D-Printed Toothbrush Brushes Your Teeth In 6 Seconds Flat


If sparing a minute or two to clean those pearly whites isn’t in the cards, there’s Blizzident –the extra fast brushing device.

This 3D custom model of users’ mouths is fit with hundreds of tiny bristles, about 10 times more than an everyday toothbrush. Blizzident also has a floss holder and small holes to thread it through, allowing for simultaneous brushing + flossing action. And — last but not least — the tongue-scraping feature ensures minty fresh breathe post use. The best part? All you have to do is gently bite and grind your teeth for 6 seconds to achieve the same results as you would brushing 3 minutes normally.


Blizzident should be replaced just once a year, because if you think about it, you’d only be using it for a few minutes in total every 365 days. Although, it’ll set you back three bills, so maybe your good ol’ toothbrush will do for now.

Blizzident teeth-cleaner, $299 @Blizzident

H/T QZ + Picthx Blizzident


Today I Learned: That Weird Gust of Air When You Enter a Restaurant Actually Has a Purpose

It’s a first world problem, for sure, but who would have guessed that weird gust of wind you feel when you walk into a store or business or restaurant actually serves a purpose other than to be loud and mildly annoy you?

(I mean, outside of restaurant owners. And the people who make the things. And, I guess, probably anyone who isn’t me.)

Yep, it turns out those huge hanging door fixtures are called “air doors” or “air curtains” and they’re meant to keep the bugs out. According to air door company Berner International, the first U.S. patent for air doors was issued in 1904 to Theophilus Van Kemmel and the invention grew in popularity in Europe throughout the late 1940’s and 1950’s – presumably after people started taking regular baths and actually caring whether or not bugs were around.

By channeling air through a powerful, directed nozzle, air doors are able to form an invisible barrier against dirt and insects without impeding regular business traffic. They’re also a cheap way to regulate a place’s internal temperature by serving as an effective shield against the incoming flow of hot air or cold air or other such unpleasantness.

So in sum: Science! And invisible force fields.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

PicThx Door Air Curtain


Would You Brush Your Teeth With This Tongue-Mounted Toothbrush?


As I type, I’m trying to clear some residual pita chip from off my furthest right molar, and I’m wondering why this process has to be so damn hard. I mean, wouldn’t life be so much better if someone would just invent some kind of plastic bristled tongue glove that would clear food away perfectly and completely the first time around, all without ever having to whip out a toothbrush?

Oh look, someone did.

Apparently Edmonton-based Adel Elseri and Said Fayad invented the T2T (Tongue To Teeth) out of a desire for better hygiene. “You don’t use your hands, hygiene is key,” Elseri explained to the producer of Canada’s Dragons’ Den TV show.

Currently out on its “first run” in Canada, the bristly device is coated with toothpaste and designed to slip over a person’s tongue to clean the inside of the mouth and teeth.

Imagine being able to practice careful oral hygiene on the go without having everyone stare at you like some kind of gross, crazy person. Or at least, without having everyone stare at you like some kind of gross, crazy person a lot.

Sigh, that’ll be the day.

Check out the T2T for yourself on Twitter and Facebook.

H/T Neatorama + PicThx T2T