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June 30, 2014

California pulls plug on law requiring food workers to wear gloves

Legislators in California repealed a law requiring restaurant workers to wear gloves when handling food, less than six months after the statute went into effect.

Members of the California Senate responded to the protests of local restaurants and bars over being required to wear gloves, even when preparing garnishes for cocktails or in sushi restaurants. The goal of the law was to prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses during food preparation, but foodservice workers complained about the inconvenience of wearing gloves. Opponents even generated petitions that eventually collected more than 19,000 signatures according to one report. Read More

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