What are Food grade Gloves?
What are Food grade Gloves? Food grade gloves are certified under FDA Title 21 CFR Part 177, which states that the components of the glove must comply with the FDA regulations and consist of “Substances generally recognized as safe for use in food or food packaging. ”The key to food hygiene is the HACCP concept (Haz- ard Analysis and Critical Control Points), which follows the precautionary principle.
Wearing gloves when preparing RTE foods is critically important to reducing food borne illness. “The spread of germs from the hands of food workers to food is an important cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants and accounts for 89% of outbreaks.”
Food grade gloves contain materials that are generally considered safe for use with food and food packaging. Many types of gloves fit this description. Polyethylene, latex, vinyl, and nitrile are all appropriate materials for food prep gloves. This is good to know because these are the most popular glove materials on the market, so they should be pretty easy to find.
In 2021, there's a new food glove on the market, called the TPE glove. TPE gloves
are safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, cheaper than other gloves, and are now recognized as the most cost-effective Food gloves
in the world.