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Now the question arises, do food workers need to wear gloves all the time? Would that be sufficient to prevent any contamination? To get the answers, we have to take a look at different food preparation stages, and when the food is more likely to get contaminated.
First of all, the primary stages of food preparation are washing, chopping, kneading, etc. The food which is served raw immediately after the first stage is very likely to get contaminated by a pathogen from the bare hands of a food worker. Again, some food items undergo intense boiling or frying. Thus, cooking works as a decontamination process after the initial stage. Then comes mixing, serving, or packaging. At this stage, the food is very likely to get contaminated by bare hands. Even if gloves are worn, it does not indicate that the food is safe from all the risks. Gloves can be contaminated as well.
Not every country or state follows the same policy to implement the usage of disposable gloves. But in every case, it is strongly prohibited to touch ready-to-eat food with bare hands.
- In the case of preparing fresh fruits and vegetables, which are served raw.
- While handling frozen meats and fishes.
- While preparing bread, cooking, and other bakery items.
- While preparing food ingredients used for garnishing.
- While handling ice.
While preparing food that won’t be thoroughly cooked, apart from the points mentioned above, the same gloves should not be used to prepare different ingredients. It might lead to cross-contamination. Correct techniques should be followed while wearing and taking off the gloves.