Calif. bill would ease sale of Asian rice noodles

SACRAMENTO — Restaurants and vendors that provide Asian rice noodles could sell their product without fear of being shut down because of health concerns if they followed provisions in a bill before the state Legislature.

The noodles are kept at room temperature. The bill by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco would allow them to be sold within four hours after they are made.

Yee says several San Francisco-area manufacturers were cited by the state Department of Public Health last summer for not keeping the noodles below 41 degrees or above 140 degrees.

Yee says keeping the noodles too hot or too cold would destroy them. He says the noodles have been consumed safely for 1,000 years.

His bill passed the Senate on a 32-0 vote Monday and goes to the Assembly.

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