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Food Handling Alert: Irving Cafe & Deli

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Food Handling Alert: Irving Cafe & Deli

Curious Eater | Jul 1, 2003 07:58 PM

Last week, I bought summer rolls (fresh rice paper) at Irving Cafe & Deli (between 22nd and 23rd) and witnessed the woman behind the counter prepare them from scratch with her bare hands. Then she handled my money and proceeded to make my friend's order, also with her bare hands, without ever washing her hands or putting on gloves. I was disgusted, but ignorant to health codes, so I didn't say anything at the time. Can anyone help me with the correct protocol for this situation? What exactly are the rules regarding food preparation and money handling? Is it okay to handle food with your bare hands? I see this a lot at places where you order chasiu/roast duck/roast pig. If you prepare food with your hands, shouldn't you be restricted from touching money? Is this something that I need to report to the Health Department? Please help.

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