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No More Bare-Handed Food Handling in California. Even You, Sushi Chefs
LA Weekly ^ | Thu, Jan 9, 2014 | Besha Rodell

Posted on 01/12/2014 3:25:45 PM PST by nickcarraway

A great sushi chef in another state once complained to me about a health code violation he'd received for making sushi without gloves. "Making sushi with gloves is like making love with a condom," he said. "It just isn't the same." Well, as of Jan. 1, California's law has changed so that there can no longer be any bare-handed contact with foods that won't be cooked. That means baked goods, salads - and yes, even sushi.

According to Nation's Restaurant News, the new law will undergo a "soft rollout" over the next six months, meaning restaurants will receive warnings rather than violations on inspection reports so that owners and operators can become familiar with the new law. NRN describes the specifics of the law:

Under the new rules, such foods must be handled with single-use gloves or utensils like tongs, forks, spoons, bakery or deli wraps, wax paper, scoops, spatulas, or dispensing equipment.

As mandated previously, foodservice workers must also thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water before entering a food preparation area, before putting on clean gloves or between glove changes. That's a lot of hand washing.

It's hard to imagine the sushi masters at our finest Japanese restaurants adhering to this rule. So much of sushi preparation is about feel and tactile sense memory.

There is a way for restaurants to seek an exemption for specific situations, but it's unlikely that the exemption covers "thousands of years of tradition."

Hooray for safe sex, we suppose?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: food; goverment; sushi

1 posted on 01/12/2014 3:25:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I like the ducks hanging outside the Chinese restaurant near us...They do attract flies....lots flies....disgusting..


2 posted on 01/12/2014 3:30:06 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

Watching all these food shoes....chefs are constantly sticking their fingers in the food...


3 posted on 01/12/2014 3:31:06 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-reasons-why-you-should-probably-stop-using-antibacterial-soap-180948078/


4 posted on 01/12/2014 3:33:45 PM PST by JmyBryan
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To: nickcarraway

Gloves offer a false sense of security. It attracts dust, germs and mold, not to mention the possibility of the glove becoming damaged and breaking off into the food.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 3:33:56 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s better for sanitation to use the gloves, but I wonder if the fingernails are kept trimmed down so as not to be able to catch material, and the hands are well washed with antibacterial soap and then touch-free air dried, it would be good enough to avoid most pathogens.

The spread of immunodeficiency diseases throws a wild card into the formula, too.

Maybe someone will invent a sushi making robot and then nobody will need to touch the sushi.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 3:36:01 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can appreciate why a chef wants to handle food with his hands, and most professional chefs are very particular about having clean hands and know how to avoid contaminating his food.

However, I have seen in small food places the person making the food touching everything, pens, the till, the remote for the tv, their body, etc.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 3:36:04 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Aren’t some people allergic to latex?


8 posted on 01/12/2014 3:36:12 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Sacajaweau

What about the chefs who have sweet dripping into the food?


9 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Most people’s pee could go into food and not do anything worse than give it a funky taste.

But seriously. It’s like making sausage. They may try to be careful but it’s not perfect.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 3:39:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

Most gloves are hypo-allergic free.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 3:39:35 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Jonty30

I walked out of a mom/pop Chinese place after making a large order to go when I glanced at the cash register.

I’ve seen cleaner keyboards in the grease bays of auto repair shops.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 3:46:07 PM PST by digger48
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To: nickcarraway

They make laws against plastic shopping bags that can carry many meals at once from store to house, but enact laws to make single use plastic gloves for one meal? Maybe they will let the cooks use re-usable cloth gloves.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 3:48:44 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: nickcarraway

The state that openly allows gays to bugger several men while in the same public bathtub wants to improve sanitation? Curious.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 3:48:46 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: nickcarraway

They can’t balance a budget worth sh*t, but the CA Legislature is all over crap like this.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 4:02:00 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It is practically impossible to be completely clean. First of all, look at Subway, they do put on gloves and then they open that microwave or toaster oven and there goes the “clean” gloves. Or they open one of the canisters….gone are those “clean” gloves. Or they grab the scooper or the condiment to put on your sandwich….no more clean gloves. And you are right about the cash register. Plus the WORST thing for anybody at a restaurant fancy or otherwise is the MENU! Forget even having a clean dinner with that. Sorry but we just don’t live in a perfectly germ free world no matter what people are lead to believe. In fact, it is dangerous to even say that gloves or anti-bacterial lotions are going to be great for you when all it does is put a false hope into people.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 4:04:33 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: martin_fierro

Why don’t they just make everything illegal? They will eventually and they can fine their way to prosperity.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 4:04:35 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Best cure for sushi is to cook the damn fish.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 4:08:34 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Maybe someone will invent a sushi making robot and then nobody will need to touch the sushi.

Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.

SushiBot Rolls Out 3,600 Pieces per Hour

19 posted on 01/12/2014 4:14:02 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, but you can also buy non-latex food handling gloves now. The restaurant supply store I used to go to (volunteered for a concession stand) carried vinyl ones, and also polyurethane. The Poly-U ones were funky, IIRC - very crinkly, kind of like a snack chip bag.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 4:16:07 PM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: Zeppo

Is it a robot or a rawbot?


21 posted on 01/12/2014 4:17:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How do we know that the gloves are clean? Is each pair going to be hermetically sealed? What about the factory where the gloves are made? They probably come from China.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 4:18:19 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nickcarraway

I would think CA would have had a law in place about that already since they have a law for everything else. Oh, I forgot, it’s CA.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 4:25:56 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway

Doubt they would follow this. I just came from the fabric district and they gave us plastic bags, not paper.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 5:07:51 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Maybe someone will invent a sushi making robot and then nobody will need to touch the sushi.

Someone still has to clean the robot. Having cleaned a few Hobarts in my younger days, I can tell you that there are some scuzzy food preparation machines in the commercial & institutional kitchens of the country.

An understanding of the necessity of cleanliness and an individual commitment to that by everyone of the kitchen & wait staff would be far more effective that a hundred new regulations.

Bureaucrats & lawyers either are ignorant of this fact or deliberately choose to ignore it.

25 posted on 01/12/2014 5:08:11 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: nickcarraway

Sushi bars charging at least $20 per piece will be exempt as ‘performance art’.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 5:59:20 PM PST by bakeneko
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Gloves offer a false sense of security.

This.

You are absolutely correct.

The best way to break nanny state control freaks of this false sense of security is to put on a pair of food handling gloves and obviously pick your nose while wearing them.

Most people would rather have correctly washed clean hands touching their food if they think about it for any length of time.

In the kitchens that I managed, I checked fingernails daily and would fire someone for not washing their hands properly.

/johnny

27 posted on 01/12/2014 7:57:54 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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