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11 minutes ago, happytravellers2 said:

There are a few interesting comments on this thread:The OPs original comment about the tongs, and the use of a patron’s own (unused) fork or spoon, should help in not picking up a contamination left on serving spoons or tongs by persons ahead in the queue - which could be many. And if the person has only used the tongs/utensils on the items they took - then I can’t see anything wrong with it?

What is wrong is if your tong/utensil touches more than one food item. This will cause cross contamination that could endanger the life of someone with a food allergy. Never, ever attempt to do this. 

 

For example, let's say you were trying to pick up the pre-made sandwich below with your tongs. Then picked up some bacon. You could easily transfer some of the eggs to the bacon on the serving dish, leaving it behind, which could make someone with an egg allergy very ill. 

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5 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

What is wrong is if your tong/utensil touches more than one food item. This will cause cross contamination that could endanger the life of someone with a food allergy. Never, ever attempt to do this. 

 

For example, let's say you were trying to pick up the pre-made sandwich below with your tongs. Then picked up some bacon. You could easily transfer some of the eggs to the bacon on the serving dish, leaving it behind, which could make someone with an egg allergy very ill. 

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Fair point. If the person using their own utensils or tongs can only do it on items where they can pick them up without any chance of touching other parts of the food concerned then it does seem a bit pointless. 
So best option may well be to use the utensils provided, and then re clean your hands before eating. And repeat every time you go back - if you can remember!
Even if I remember, I fear the reply from my DW if I mentioned it after the first visit 😠

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