On April 7, 2020, the FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the WHO World Health Organization issued the “New Coronavirus Pneumonia and Food Safety: Guidelines for Food Business Operations.” In the guide, there are clear requirements for food workers to wear disposable gloves. The specific content is as follows:
Food workers: workers wear disposable gloves food gloves can be used, but must be changed frequently, must wash their hands when changing gloves after take off gloves. After performing non-food related activities (such as opening/closing doors by hand and emptying trash bins), gloves must be changed. Food workers should be aware that wearing gloves can cause bacteria to accumulate on the surface of their hands, so it is extremely important to wash your hands when removing gloves to avoid subsequent contamination of food. Food workers should avoid touching their mouth and eyes when wearing gloves. In a food work environment, the use of disposable gloves cannot replace hand washing. The COVID-19 virus can contaminate disposable gloves, just as it can contaminate workers’ hands. Removing disposable gloves can cause hand contamination. Wearing disposable gloves will give people a false sense of security and may cause staff to not wash their hands frequently as required. Hand washing can prevent infection better than wearing disposable gloves. Food companies need to ensure that adequate sanitation facilities are provided and that food workers wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. Washing hands with ordinary soap and warm water is sufficient. Hand sanitizer can be used as an additional measure, but it should not replace hand washing.
01. What kind of disposable gloves are recommended by the food industry?
Common disposable gloves are made of nitrile, latex, PVC, and PE gloves. The specific components are as follows:
Nitrile gloves: synthetic rubber (acrylonitrile and butadiene)
Latex gloves: natural latex
PVC gloves: polyvinyl chloride
PE gloves: polyethylene
2) What qualifications should I check when buying gloves?
A. Manufacturer’s license, production or import product qualification and seller authorization
B. Glove products are tested according to the “GB4806.11-2016 National Food Safety Standard, Rubber Materials and Products for Food Contact”.