SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Chefs, cooks and bartenders in California are breathing a sigh of relief, as the state Senate has sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown that would repeal a law that workers at bars and restaurants be forced to handle food with gloves and utensils, rather than their bare hands.
Assembly Bill 2130 passed on Thursday with a 32-0 vote in the state Senate. It repeals AB1252, a law signed last year requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle nonprepackaged food that is in a ready-to-eat form.
Food-safety experts have long recommended this type of measure to curb the spread of disease. But the measure caught many in the restaurant industry off-guard, as they argued it would create unnecessary waste of disposable gloves, and in some cases, like sushi chefs and bartenders, restrict their work.