AB 2130 (Pan), which seeks to repeal the state's no bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods law that officially took effect Jan. 1 has been through several Assembly committees and was approved by the entire Assembly on a vote of 73-0. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Health officers are supposed to begin penalizing bar and restaurant operators found in violation beginning July 1. The goal behind AB 2130 is to have it approved by the various Senate committees and full Senate, and approved by the Governor well in advance of the July 1 hard enforcement date.
AB 2130 has not had a single no vote to date and proposes to restore language in the retail food code that would be consistent with the law as it existed before Jan. 1 and would require food employees to minimize, not prohibit, bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.