State lawmakers want to reverse glove-handling law

Workers have been forced to wear gloves since Jan.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Workers have been forced to wear gloves to handle food at restaurants and bars since January, after a new law passed — but now, state lawmakers want that law reversed.

Lawmakers say there has been so much backlash since the law began, that they have introduced emergency legislation to revert the rules back to what they were before.

Chefs and bartenders say the law is wasteful and even unhygienic.

They say workers may forget to change their gloves or lose hand-washing habits as a result.

But regulators say hand-washing isn't enough to stop outbreaks of food-borne illness.

Forty-one other states also have a "bare hand ban" in place, however California inspectors aren't supposed to enforce the law until July. 

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