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Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Monday announced that he has co-authored emergency legislation to provide relief to food facilities from the “glove law” enacted Jan. 1, 2014 that prohibits bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food.

The legislation, AB 2130, will repeal the section of the Retail Food Code that prohibits bare hand contact with food and replaces it with the law as it existed in 2013.

“There is no disputing that unsafe handling of food is a major reason for food-borne illnesses, however the rigidity of this law fails to recognize that in some cases the use of gloves can increase exposure and risk,” said Bloom. “While well-intended, this new requirement is not supported by science and places unnecessary and costly burdens on many of the small businesses in our region and the law needs to be repealed.”

The new bill has been proposed to allow businesses to follow 2013 law and more fully discuss the question of bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. The previous law required employees to minimize such contact in addition to proper hand washing techniques.

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