Is it a violation of the law for a food worker to touch food with his/her bare hands?
The California Retail Food Code does not prohibit bare hand contact with food as long as the food worker complies with the strict handwashing requirements in the law and does not engage in any activity which could contaminate the food. The Environmental Health Division strongly encourages the use of utensils whenever possible to minimize bare hand contact with ready to eat foods. To obtain information on this, please call 714-433-6000, and ask for the bulletin on "Handwashing Requirements".
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