Download: Should food handlers wear gloves?

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(Courtesy: KGMB)

HONOLULU —  A high end restaurant in Hawaii wants to change the state’s food safety rules.

According to KGMB, some sushi chefs say they don’t want to wear gloves, as required by the health department.

Critics of the rules say the disposable gloves slow things down and create more trash.

One restaurant’s general manager says he plans to seek an exemption.

“There’s a lot of frustration. They’re trying really hard to feel the rice, the dab of wasabi, the texture of the fish,” said Chad Yang

Critics also say the glove rules cause a false sense of security because people can feel when their hands are dirty and they can’t tell with the gloves.

They say that creates a perfect environment for cross contamination.

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3 comments

  • April Kargle

    The current requirements are if you’re preparing “ready to eat” food your required to wear gloves

  • Deborah

    Hey if I don’t know where there hands were before I sure as hell won’t eat in that establishment any time soon. And that also so goes for fast food. Which I won’t eat anyhow. I have worked in the restaurant business for 30+ years and what happens in Hawaii doesn’t reflect here .Though it should. It is called the Board of Health!!

  • Ryan C Hassinger

    People place too much stock in gloves. Cross contamination, going to long without changing gloves, cutting a piece of the glove off, 9 out 10 times it creates more chances to contaminate food, but the public have it in their heads that its safer. It’s frustrating but what in the life of a cook isn’t; just another obstacle to work around. In culinary school we had this debate all the time and basically it ends with what the people believe. If they believe that wearing a purple starfish on your head makes the food safer that’s what you do no matter how ignorant it is.

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