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Oregon Health Authority Delaying Mandatory Hand Washing Ruling
The Oregon Health Authority has delayed a rule that would have taken effect Sunday to require restaurant cooks to wear gloves and avoid touching food with their bare hands. The delay of several months will give restaurant owners time to make their case that a glove requirement is not safer than current state rules for rigorous hand-washing. The Oregonian reports the authority plans to hold another hearing in August.
The authority's Eric Pippert says gloves aren't foolproof, but requiring them would help prevent the spread of norovirus, the most-common cause of food poisoning. It's often spread by food workers failing to wash their hands after using the restroom.