Is it a violation of sanitary code for food workers (including bartenders and wait staff) to handle food after touching money with gloves?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Retail Food Protection Branch has issued an interpretation that "money is not as heavily laden with microorganisms as commonly believed. Microorganisms cannot survive well on inanimate objects because of the lack of proper temperature, moisture and nutrients necessary for them to reproduce." (Source: NYSDOH Environmental Health Manual). Therefore, touching money with gloves and then handling food without first removing or changing the gloves is not a violation under current NYSDOH regulations. However, this practice creates an aesthetic concern and prompts numerous consumer complaints. Therefore, food service operators are encouraged, but cannot be required, to discontinue this practice and/or revise operational protocols to separate job tasks whenever possible.

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