Speaking of hands, the most useless plastic items in commercial kitchens are disposable gloves. They symbolise hygiene but that’s as close as their relationship to cleanliness gets. The only things they actually protect are the hands inside them. The user can happily do anything from ear-scratching to picking up food off the floor with those gloves on and then carry on preparing food. Hygiene is about proper systems, and sticking to them. Gloves are good for protecting hands when cutting up vast amounts of chilli but that’s about it.
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We’ve always been concerned about plastic’s ability to leach into our food and drink. As usual, the “truth” varies madly, depending on who’s paying for the research. Check out some less hysterical thoughts here.
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