Will New Food Safety Rules Take the Artistry Out of Cooking?

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In the interests of food safety, the state legislature has unanimously passed a law requiring cooks -- including the finest chefs -- to use disposable gloves whenever they touch ready-to-eat raw food. LA County will start enforcing it by next year. Citing the CDC, Director of Environmental Health Angelo Bellomo says that each year food-borne illness affects one out of every six Americans. Of those 50 million, 128,000 are hospitalized and 300 die. Katie Kildow, bartender at the Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park, finds the new law a nightmare. "Gloves are really hard to put on when your hands are wet, so you've got to find a good way of drying them...  I think it's going to look unsightly to the customer, taking gloves on and off. It'd going to look very hospital-like."




Warren Olney