In recent years, demand has risen for an alternative to latex gloves. Besides the steadily rising cost of latex, another pressing problem facing the foodservice industry is the issue of latex allergies.
Natural rubber latex is a protein that can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals when they are exposed to the airborne proteins through skin contact or inhalation. The problems can be so severe, in fact, that many states have passed laws banning or recommending against the use of latex.
FoodHandler now offers a viable solution with the introduction of JobSelect® Comfort™ Nitrile gloves. Comfort Nitrile gloves utilize a lighter, thinner nitrile that is twice as strong as standard nitrile – but with softness and pliability comparable to latex. In addition to providing a safe alternative to latex, the gloves also offer:
- Enhanced touch sensitivity
- Increased elongation
- Outstanding durability
- Greater dexterity
- More comfortable fit
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that one in every 1,000 people develops a latex allergy. Although rare, the condition has a higher rate of occurrence among health care workers and others who regularly wear latex gloves (from 5 to 15 percent).
Unfortunately, eliminating the problem is not as simple as keeping the gloves off the hands of chefs with allergies. Another major concern is the possibility that a customer with a latex allergy might have a reaction to food prepared by latex-clad hands.
If you’d like to see for yourself how JobSelect Comfort Nitrile Gloves compare to your current brand of single-use gloves, visit www.ThinSense.com for a free sample.