Mandatory Glove Requirement Voted Down For Restaurant Workers In Oregon- Yummy!
If you’re anything like me, you’d much prefer that Billy behind the counter at Subway used gloves when slapping a few slices of roast beef on your footlong. Apparently, Oregon and I are not on the same page.
In 2009 the FDA decided gloves or “suitable utensils” should be used to create food, as opposed to bare hands, but Oregon sent it back and asked to speak to the manager:
Wednesday, regulators of Oregon’s Foodborne Illness Prevention Program announced that “…at this time, the ‘No Bare Hand Contact’ section of new food safety rules will not be adopted.”
What reasons could they possibly have for turning down the no-bare-hands clause of the FDA’s food safety rules? Actually, it turns out there are a few decent ones:
- gloves give food-service handlers a false sense of cleanliness
- create more plastic waste
- add a supplementary cost
- takes away some of a chef’s sense of touch while cooking
- certain animal fats can breakdown the plastic in the gloves overtime and contaminate the food