Assembly Bill 2130 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on June
28, 2014, and became effective on that same date.
Assembly Bill 2130 repealed the
previous No Bare Hand Contact law (AB1252) and added Section 113961
the California Health and Safety Code, related to the
requirement to have no bare hand contact with
This new law instead requires that
food employees minimize bare hand and arm contact
non-prepackaged food that is in a ready-to-eat form. The
bill requires food employees to use utensils,
as specified, to assemble ready-to-eat food or to place
ready-to-eat food on tableware or in other containers.
The bill authorizes food employees to assemble or place
on tableware or in other containers ready-to-eat food in
an approved food preparation area without using utensils
if hands are properly cleaned, as required by law.
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With this change, there is no need
for a retail food business to request a variance for
using bare hand contact.
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