Should I wear gloves when doing a food demo?
According to both the MO and KS Food Code (regulations), there should be no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Instead use gloves, tongs or similar item. However, when washing fruits and vegetables, there isn’t a need to wear gloves.
If touching raw meat or frozen foods that will be subsequently cooked, there isn’t a need to wear gloves, but you could as long as there is no cross-contamination by using the same gloves to touch raw meat and then a ready-to-eat food or surface where ready-to-eat food will touch.
Please note that even if wearing gloves, you still need to wash your hands before putting on the gloves and must change gloves between activities (such as after touching the trash, money or raw meat).
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Answered by Dr. Londa Nwadike, Kansas State University/University of Missouri Extension Food Safety Specialist
Last update: Friday, March 07, 2014