Should Food Deliveries Require App Proof Bags?

Rebecca Corral
November 08, 2019 - 7:26 pm
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How would you feel about tucking into those french fries if you found out someone else's fingers have already been digging around the bag?

An investigative report from KCAL-TV in Los Angeles caught food delivery platform drivers red-handed snacking out of the bags as they drove to the customers' homes. 

Now, L.A. County supervisors are considering a regulation that would lead to sealed delivery bags. 

Gwenyth Borden runs the restaurant consulting firm Ground Floor Experiences in the Bay Area. She told KCBS Radio that she is horrified at the prospect of food delivery drivers tampering with meals before they reach customers, but she's reluctant to call for more regulations. 

"This is an issue restauranteurs need to figure out on their own," Borden said. "We've had a lot of legislation passed in recent history around new compostable rules, now the city is considering a $0.25 cup fee. I don't think additional regulation is what's needed."

While restaurants are required to meet health and safety regulations, there are no health department requirements for food delivery services. 

Borden said she thinks restauranteurs invested in new methods of delivery ought to spend time figuring out better packaging to insure safety. She also believes the solution will have more to do with the relationships restaurants develop with drivers from delivery services like DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates.

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