Repeal of California's glove law clears first hurdle

The gloves may soon come off. Repeal efforts against a controversial new state law, which bans bare hands on ready-to-eat food, gained momentum Tuesday.

The law went into effect on Jan. 1, and it requires cooks and bartenders to wear gloves or use utensils in the name of food safety. Officials are prepared to start enforcing the law in July.

But after hearing so much backlash, Assemblyman Richard Pan—the man who introduced the ban in the first place—introduced another bill in February that seeks to repeal the regulation and revisit the issue altogether. The Assembly Health Committee unanimously passed it on Tuesday, which means it will next go to a floor vote.

The law has caused an uproar in the food industry, as chefs, sushi masters and cocktail gurus say gloves get in the way of their art—and cause logistical problems when the gloves need to constantly be changed during service. Supporters of the bill point out that 41 other states have already implemented similar bans.

If you’re really into this, read the legislation here.

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