Posts Tagged ‘AB 1252’

AB 2130 – Gloves Off?

by Erin Kelleher 03.11.14

In January, AB 1252 went into effect in California, requiring food employees in contact with “ready-to-eat” food to wear gloves. From the outset, this seemingly minor change to California food safety law generated ripple effects felt throughout the state beverage industry, as the law requires bartenders and tasting room employees to wear gloves when handling edible garnishes or cheese plates. Citing inefficiency, waste and a tenuous relationship to public health, the industry went on the offensive to get the word out about the unintended consequence of the new law. The backlash to AB 1252 was not limited to the restaurant and bar industries. As reported by NPR, local health departments had a difficult time interpreting and implementing the legislation. AB 1252 provided an exemption to the glove requirement for establishments that satisfied certain health department standards. But local health bureaucracies struggled to define the criteria for the exemption process. Now,… Read more

AB 1252: Sanitation Overkill?

by Erin Kelleher 01.28.14

New legislation effective January 1 in California banning food employees from touching “ready-to-eat” food with their bare hands is causing an uproar in the bartender community. Ready-to-eat food must now be handled with “suitable utensils,” effectively requiring bartenders to wear gloves when making drinks that contain something edible, including cocktail basics such as lime and mint. As of January 28, over 9,000 people have signed the petition on to exempt bartenders from this requirement. However, limiting the exemption to bartenders does not go far enough. Wine and beer tasting room employees will also be required to wear gloves if they serve food in addition to drinks at the tasting room, which is common practice at many locations. While larger brewpubs and wineries often have commercial kitchens with staff that prepare food for guests, many smaller operations do not. For example, under this law leanly staffed establishments may now have… Read more