Disposable gloves are an essential food safety item used throughout medical cannabis cultivation. They act as a barrier, protecting maturing plants from contamination transfer from workers' hands. On the flip side gloves also protect worker’s skin from chemicals and resin.
Historically, latex gloves have been used in the medical and dental industries because of their superior dexterity and tactile feel, especially for surgical work. However, these can be problematic with practitioners and patients with latex allergies.
How do we ensure dangerous chemicals are not entering our food chain, including our organic food supply, from food products or the products handling our food, including disposable gloves?
Vinyl gloves, still commonly used for fast food handling, are facing mounting evidence of food safety risks, including containing toxic plasticizer chemicals. What is the solution?
The National Food Safety Education Month is an awareness campaign that focuses on the importance of food safety and practices in helping to prevent food poisoning. Personal protective equipment (PPE) used in food handling and processing, is often overlooked in food safety and hygiene practices in this industry.