OHA Backs Off Restaurant Regulation

By Jim McCoy Fri 13th July Newsfood handlingOregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority has backed off a proposed rule that would have forbidden restaurant employees from handling food with their bare hands.
The agency will instead convene a work group on standards to prevent food-borne illness.

 That provision was to take effect on July 1, but was delayed after protests from the food service industry. The work group will include restaurateurs, legislators, medical professionals and others.

The agency's Public Health Division administrator Gail Shibley says the state will continue to enforce its double hand-washing rule for food servers until any changes are announced.

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