California Chefs Balk at New Glove-Wearing Mandate

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Come July, even the most celebrated chefs in California’s fanciest restaurants will have to don a pair of plastic gloves before touching customers’ food.

Come July, even the most celebrated chefs in California’s fanciest restaurants will have to don a pair of plastic gloves before touching customers’ food.

The law that mandates no food or beverage worker can touch consumables with their bare hands went into effect in January, but won’t be enforced until the summer month.

It’s been declared by the CDC that the most common cause of food-related virus outbreaks was workers touching people’s meals.

Many chefs feel that to force them to wear gloves, however, also poses a threat to their patrons’ dining experience.

Said one, "You'll feel like there's a doctor back there preparing your food."

It was pointed out by one culinary professional that often when restaurants are faced with laws about skin-to-food contact, they simply take them as suggestions.

He noted one way of dealing with the prohibition is, "When the health inspector comes, you slap on a bunch of gloves."

Whether or not California chefs will have to resort to covert means is still up in the air.

A petition opposing the order has collected about 18 thousand signatures, and a repeal of the law has been proposed.

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