The gloves are on


Many Americans have an issue with food preparers touching their food without using gloves.

Are you one of them?

If you are, you might be feeling some relief since a new law went into effect on Jan. 1 requiring that no one with bare hands touch food being served.

This new California Food Retail Code will make using gloves and or kitchen utensils mandatory when handling someone’s ready-to-eat food. Restaurants caught not enforcing the new law will receive a warning on the first offense and may be hit with several violations.

Restaurants and fast food establishments should have been abiding by this rule a long time ago. Whenever I’m out dining with friends, I find myself paying close attention to the cooking area, if it’s in sight, because of germs and viruses that can quickly spread.

Knowing that most people have a tendency to touch their hair, use hands to cover up a cough, sneeze or even pick their nose, makes me sick to my stomach when I imagine someone preparing my food by doing one, or all, of these unsanitary acts.

“I’m in favor of all restaurants us- ing gloves to handle food—It’s only right,” said Delta student Damien Warfield.

The new law does have a gray area that makes no sense.

It’s okay for food preparers to use bare hands when washing fruits and veggies, but not when making ready- to-eat food.

To that I say: Gloves should be used for all foods in a public setting; stop cutting corners.

Though several restaurant own- ers and servers may feel the new law will slow down the process of getting plates out to patrons on time, many will probably feel the need to cut a few corners in any way they can to keep customers happy with the timing of their meals.

“If I happen to see anybody making my food without gloves, I’m not paying or eating what I ordered,” said Delta student Maurice Tucker.

As a customer in any food related establishment you have the right to file a complaint with Department of Public Health if you notice any food handlers not wearing gloves.

I suggest you do so, to avoid get- ting sick from food poisoning.