Will gloves and hair nets soon join vests and tattoos as must-have bartender wear?
Bartenders working in California could be forced to wear gloves or use other utensils when garnishing their drinks under a new food safety law.
The Los Angeles Times reported that recently-passed legislation has been met with widespread opposition by chefs and bartenders there. Angelica Pappas, a spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association, told the LA Times, "Technically speaking, these rules do apply to bars. It's been a common question we've heard, so there may be more information to come on this in guidance documents from the health inspectors."
The code was tweaked following the bid by California Governor Jerry Brown to combat foodborne illnesses in the state. Bars and restaurants can apply for an exemption to the legislation if strict requirements are adhered to.
More information regarding the new laws can be found on the following sites:
Chefs hate new law requiring them to wear gloves: 'It's Terrible'
Under new food safety law, bartenders have to wear gloves
California Food Safety Program