SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — The gloves are coming off in California kitchens.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he’s signed a measure repealing a state law that required restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going straight to diners’ plates.

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The no-hands bill was passed last year and would have taken effect on July 1. It was intended to prevent disease transmission and covered everything from sushi rice to the mint in a mojito.

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Forty-one other states have similar prohibitions and the California law drew no opposition from chain restaurants.

But some independent chefs and bartenders complained that it would restrict their hands-on craft, disrupt hand-washing routines and generate unnecessary waste of disposable gloves.

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