In the food industry, not only is the quality of food and customer satisfaction of high importance, but also the proper handling and preparation of food to obtain health code standards. The Food and Drug administration is the agency that provides and sets these the standards for all other state, county and municipal governments’ food service regulations.
In 2005, the FDA Food Code altered the standards to address the proper handling of food in the last stages of serving and preparation and said, “Food employees shall minimize bare hand and arm contact with non-prepackaged food that is in a ready to eat form.” This addresses the importance of using clean utinsels and gloves while contacting food before it is served.
While some states enforce a strict food code, others leave the use of protective gloves to the business owner’s discretion. Many businesses in the food service industry see the use of gloves as way to ensure customer satisfaction by meeting the FDA Food Code and by seeing the health standards in effective use. Just think, would you feel that your food is truly safe if you saw it being prepared without the proper gloves?
It can be safe to assume that the use of food service gloves are good for business and Food Code approval. Be aware that to ensure proper food health and safety, it is best use vinyl gloves in the food industry rather than latex, to protect customers with latex allergies. GoGoods! provides both latex and vinyl gloves in multiple sizes and a powder or powder-freeoption.
Remember, it is important to wash hands between glove changes. Here are some tips provided by the Mayo Clinic on how to properly wash hands:
- Wet your hands with running water.
- Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
- Lather well.
- Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
- Rinse well.
- Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
- If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet.