As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders. One used her hands to toss locally grown Romaine hearts with anchovy dressing in a metal bowl, while another, facing diners from behind a marble countertop, used his fingers to sprinkle cojita cheese and red onion into chicken tacos…California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. A state-by-state review of food codes shows 41 other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown…”It’s not about whether you wear gloves or not,” Pan said. “It’s about how clean the surfaces (touching food) are. We need to have the conversation go back to, ‘This is about food safety.'”Even gloves can spread contamination if they are not changed regularly, said Don Schaffner, a food scientist at Rutgers University.
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