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CA restaurants want to repeal new glove law

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Restaurant workers say the new law requiring them to wear latex gloves when handing food or drinks slows them down considerably. (Source: KOVR/CBS) Restaurant workers say the new law requiring them to wear latex gloves when handing food or drinks slows them down considerably. (Source: KOVR/CBS)

(KOVR/CBS) – The gloves are coming off in a battle to repeal a controversial new law that California restaurants and bars say is costing them business.

The law requires chefs and bartenders to wear latex gloves when handling food or drinks.

In the restaurant business, you've have to move fast to keep churning those dishes out. And chefs say that's the problem: wearing gloves isn't making the food safer, but it is slowing them down."

Inside any restaurant kitchen, efficiency isn't optional. It's an essential ingredient.

Except these days, chefs spend less time focusing on food; instead they are putting on pair after pair of latex gloves.

"It's a little ridiculous almost what they're asking us to do," Cafe Bernardo General Manager Rebecca Patterson said.

Legislators are now joining restaurants and bars in the push to take California's glove law off the menu.

The chair of the Assembly Health Committee will announce on Monday a new emergency bill to roll it back.

"When it comes down to working on the line and pumping out orders it gets to be a real hassle," Sous Chef Elijah Melchor said.

The requirement for chefs to wear gloves when handling all ready-to-eat food is a culinary complication.

"It's not wearing gloves that's the issue, it's constantly having to stop what you're doing to change the gloves," Patterson said.

Bartenders are supposed to put on a fresh pair after preparing each drink.

"And I don't know if you've ever been to a bar on a Friday night, but if you've waited 20 minutes for a drink expect to wait a lot more than that," Patterson said.

At Cafe Bernardo in midtown Sacramento, chefs complain the gloves can actually be dangerous.

"I've seen people's gloves get melted to their hands working in hot environments on a grill or a saute range," Melchor said.

It was a new law for 2014 aimed at making the food you eat safer. Restaurants complain that the law's unintended consequences far outweigh the benefits, making your meal take longer and discouraging cooks from washing their hands.

Almost since this law's inception there has been a fight to repeal it, culminating with this emergency legislation

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