“Given the challenges presented by, essentially, mandating plastic gloves for all who handle food in the restaurant and culinary arts we support reassessing the prohibition of bare-hand contact,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said. “Safety is our industry’s No. 1 priority, and California boasts one of the highest-trained restaurant workforce in the nation, with food safety – including proper handwashing techniques – mandated for anyone handling, preparing or serving food.
“While the intention of everyone involved was to align the Cal Code with federal regulations – and laws that exist in 43 other states – it has quickly become clear that a one-size-fits-all implementation for such a diversely structured industry presented too many operational challenges. The right course of action is being pursued by Assemblyman Pan.”