California repeals law requiring food handlers to wear plastic gloves

June 30, 2014 8:03 PM

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The original law was passed earlier this year as an effort to curb the spread of food-borne illness. A CDC report recently pointed to hand-to-food contact as the most culpable of the pathways that enabled the spread of norovirus between 2001 and 2008.

The law required all food handlers, including chefs and bartenders, to use gloves or utensils like tongs when handling "ready-to-eat" food -- anything that wouldn't be cooked before being served to the customer. The law also mandated that a new pair of gloves be put on for each new plated dish or as...

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