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15 March 2007

Tuna on Rye, Hold the Latex

There's a controversy discussed in the Times about what type of gloves, if any, food preparation personnel should be using when handling food. Some people are highly allergic to latex, while some are concerned about the toxic chemicals in vinyl gloves. Use of bare hands, of course, risks passing on deadly microbes.

I hate the use of gloves in restaurants. Very often the preparer seems oblivious to the junk accumulating on the gloves, and thinks nothing of leaving wet smudge marks all over the bread as he finishes up your sandwich. A bare-handed preparer would wipe his hands off after handling the wet ingredients before wrapping up the sandwich. This peeve was echoed in the article: "When your hands are bare you can tell if you get something on them, and you immediately wash," said Debra Silva, who owns Clem & Ursie’s, a seafood restaurant in Provincetown, Mass. "But if you’re wearing gloves, you might have no idea that you’ve touched something dirty." Indeed.

Bare hands, regularly washed, is the best approach to food preparation.

But if you're real paranoid about food-borne illnesses and freaked-out by bare hands touching your food, avoid Sushi bars:
Many sushi chefs prepare raw fish with their bare fingers despite the rules requiring them to use gloves, tongs or paper. On a recent night the chefs at a Greenwich Village sushi bar scoffed at the idea of using gloves. One, who did not want to give his name for fear of getting the restaurant in trouble, said gloves would make it difficult to tell, by feel, if the fish was fresh. In that way, he said, gloves could make customers less safe. "You can’t make real sushi with gloves on," he said. It was the same story at a sushi restaurant in Midtown. "We’ve been doing it this way for 250 years," one chef said. "People who make the regulations just don’t understand."

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they aren't using any transfats in that sushi house. Some asshole wants to ban aluminum baseball bats in NYC too. Not only do the people who come up with these nonsense regulations don't understand, they don't care.

March 15, 2007 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I try not to think too much about other people handling my food, because when I do...........I pretty much dont want to eat out at all or just get pre-fab junk food that employees didn't touch, but rather heat up---like Taco Bell (which is devoid of nutrition).

March 15, 2007 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As things go, I'd say sushi places and Japanese restaurants are some of the cleanest places around. They usually don't employ illegal hispanics who don't wash their hands and spread that horrible parasite that infects your brain. What a disaster these illegals are. They spread disease and problems wherever they go. Who the fuck doesn't wash their hands?! After reading about that, I haven't eaten out since. I hate the idea of anyone touching my food too. I don't do salad bars or buffets either. I'll probably spend the rest of my life eating out of a can.

March 15, 2007 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those dumbfucks in NYC are worried that some sushi chef isn't wearing gloves and meanwhile this shit is going on all over the place:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2952077&page=1&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

Typical behavior by the leftists and traitors that run the show. Sushi with no gloves, bad. Rotting monkey meat, good. And what kind of savage eats cute monkeys?!
We wouldn't want any primitives from the Congo feeling uncomfortable and tell them that hippo kabobs that have been sitting in plastic bags under the couch isn't acceptable and that is spreads all kinds of crazy diseases. But I guess in order to have a diverse society, we just have to let a few things slide. As long as some family from Mali they can work a space heater, who can complain?

March 16, 2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous daveg said...

I have seen workers in gloves handle money using the gloves and then go back to food prep, still wearing the same gloves.

March 18, 2007 3:29 PM  

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