Many local health departments have not yet provided any guidance documents and it is widely expected that this new law will have a soft rollout for enforcement, allowing more time for health department outreach and operator compliance.
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) will keep restaurant operators apprised of details as they become available. The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department has released the guidance below and it is expect that this guidance will be similar to what other local health departments will use:
- Restricting ill employees from working with food (already in code).
- Using proper hand washing procedures (already in code).
- Preventing bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food (2013 code addition).
(c) Food employees shall minimize bare hand and arm contact with exposed food that is not in a ready-to-eat form.”
HOW DO I COMPLY?
WHAT IS A READY-TO-EAT FOOD?
- any food that will not be thoroughly cooked or reheated (165F) before it is served
- any food item that has already been cooked
- prepared fresh fruits and vegetables served raw or cooked
- salads and salad ingredients
- fruit or vegetables for mixed drinks
- garnishes, such as lettuce, parsley, lemon wedges, pickles
- cold meats and sandwiches
- raw sushi fish and sushi rice
- bread, toast, rolls, baked goods.
HANDLING READY-TO-EAT FOODS
SINGLE-USE DISPOSABLE GLOVES
- When entering the food preparation area
- Before putting on clean single us gloves and between glove changes
- Immediately before engaging in food preparation
- Before dispensing, serving food, or handling clean tableware and service utensils
- After using the toilet room
- After touching any bare part of the body other than clean hands and arms
- After coughing, sneezing, blowing nose, using tobacco, eating or drinking
- After caring for a service animal or touching shellfish/ crustaceans in display tanks
- During food preparation to remove soil/contamination and prevent cross-contamination
- When changing tasks – between handling raw foods and ready to eat foods
For more information on this option, contact local health department officials.