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No Bare Hand Contact with Ready-to-Eat-Foods.   

Recent studies indicate that handwashing alone is not enough to prevent foodborne illnesses.  Food workers can spread ilness when their hands come in contact with ready-to-eat foods.  Effective January 1, 2014, the law prohibits bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods and requires the use of suitable utensils when handling ready-to-eat foods.  Please click here for the No Bare Hand Contact Info Bulletin.

Food operators may allow food employees to use bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food only with a prior approval for an alternative procedure. The alternative procedure must meet all the requirements within Cal Code 113961 and include written procedures for bare hand contact and documentation of proper handwashing practices, an employee health policy and documentation of completed required employee training.  Please click here for the Alternate Procedure Application.

For further information on the chaptered bill, please click on the link HERE.

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