A controversial California law requiring food-handling restaurant workers to wear gloves has its first official pushback. In a press conference earlier today, State Representative Richard Pan announced a proposal for the repeal of AB 1252, the much-maligned law that requires everyone from bartenders to sushi chefs to "wear single-use gloves... when contacting food and food-contact surfaces."
Pan, a physician who serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, proposed a new bill, AB 2130, as a piece of "emergency legislation" that would repeal the glove requirement. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Pan argued the conversation shouldn't focus on banning or requiring gloves, but instead "it should be about whether the local business and the health inspector have worked together to create a safe environment for the customer." AB 1252 technically went into effect on January 1 of this year, but restaurants are currently in a six-month "buffer zone" before health inspectors officially issue citations. Pan's new bill needs a two-thirds vote to pass the California Assembly. Updates as they become available.
· New Legislation Announced to Repeal Controversial 'Glove Law' [SFWeekly]
· Gloves Come Off in Latest Round of Food Industry Fight [SF Business Times]
· All Gloves Coverage on Eater [-E-]