Conference for Food Protection

2016 Biennial Meeting

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Issue Number: Council III 015

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Require disposable gloves at foodservice handwash sinks

Issue you would like the Conference to consider

Amend the 2013 FDA Food Code to require each handwashing sink located in food preparation and service areas to be provided with a supply of disposable single-use gloves, if utilized.

Public Health Significance

The proposed new language addresses a major risk factor and is designed to facilitate and achieve immediate corrective action while also supporting long term corrective action. Repeated on site correction changes behavior patterns which leads to long term compliance and lays a foundation that will improve hand hygiene habits.

The location and accessibility of disposable single-use gloves at foodservice handwashing sinks offers an intervention strategy and provides a solution to high priority Food Code violations in Section 2-301.14 (H). If gloves are utilized, they need to be located at the point where handwashing occurs. This will serve to remind and encourage proper handwashing prior to the use of gloves.

Recommended Solution: The Conference recommends...

that a letter be sent to the FDA requesting that a new Section be added to the 2013 Food Code as follows (language to be added is underlined):

Each handwashing sink located in food preparation and service areas shall be provided with a supply of disposable single-use gloves if utilized.Pf

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