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Hawaii sushi chefs don't want to wear gloves at work

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 28, 2014

There are some sushi chefs in Hawaii who don't want to wear gloves at work, even when they are handling customers' food.

A high-end restaurant in Honolulu is asking for the state's food safety rules be changed. Apparently, the rules requiring gloves only recently went into effect, according to Hawaii News Now.

The general manager of Morimoto Waikiki restaurant says the gloves slow down the chefs and other workers and also create more trash. He also says that the gloves prevent the restaurant's employees from knowing when their hands are dirty, which could lead to cross contamination because of a false sense of security.

The restaurant is planning to file for an exemption. Two other restaurants have already filed for exemptions. The manager for Mitch's Fish Market and Sushi bar says that not being able to get a feel for the rice when making rolls makes the job more difficult.

The new rules went into effect on July 21. Officials with the Hawaii Department of Health believe that consumers will have more peace of mind about being protected from food-borne illnesses and other health hazards when eating in restaurants. The rules required gloves or utensils to be used when handling ready-to-eat food, including sashimi and sushi.

California repealed its glove law last month because of strong opposition. The new rules were supposed to go into effect on July 1, but Gov. Jerry Brown announced June 28 that he had signed a bill to repeal it. 

Forty-one other states currently have similar prohibitions related to the handling of food with bare hands.

 

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.