PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Health Authority has backed off a proposed rule that would have forbidden restaurant employees from handling food with their bare hands.
Instead the group will focus on setting standards to prevent food-borne illness.
That provision was to take effect on July 1, but was delayed after protests from the food service industry. The work group will include restaurateurs, legislators, medical professionals and others.
The Public Health Division says the state will continue to enforce its double hand-washing rule for food servers until any changes are announced.