Assembly bill 1252 added section 113961 to the California Retail Food Code (CalCode), which
prohibits bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, effective on January 1, 2014. No Bare
Hand Contact is the practice of preventing direct contact with bare hands while handling
ready-to-eat foods. Avoiding bare hand contact with foods that do not require further cooking
provides an added protection against contamination with microbial or viral pathogens from the
hands of food service employees.