September 2003 Edition
Foodservice Supplies: Serves You Right

Sysco Brand Gloves are approved by Agriculture Canada and Health Protection Canada for food-handling and they're available in a variety of styles providing solutions for all foodservice applications from light deli handling to medium/heavy food preparation. They're also suitable for light housekeeping, industrial clean rooms and assembly areas.

Sysco Brand gloves are truly unique and Sysco Canada is one of the only broadline distributors that has established qualifications on products within the glove category.

Q & A on Sysco Brand Gloves

What are the materials used to make disposable gloves?

The primary materials used to manufacture disposable gloves are synthetic (vinyl), latex (natural rubber), nitrile (synthetic rubber), and polyethylene.

What is the difference between Medical Grade and Multi-Purpose and Foodservice Grade gloves?

Medical grade gloves must be of a higher quality than Multi-Purpose and Foodservice grade gloves. Besides the strict composition of the gloves such as nitrile, latex or vinyl, gloves must pass an Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) test, which is measured on major and minor defects in the gloves. Major defects are visible to eye and include things like stains or dirt. Minor defects are pinholes and may be invisible to the naked eye. The AQL for medical grade gloves is 1.5 - 2.5 pinholes per 100 gloves (1.5% - 2.5%), while multi-purpose and foodservice gloves can have an acceptance rating as high as 4%.

What quality standards are in place to ensure that Sysco Brand Gloves deliver peak performance?

Sysco Brand Gloves conform to the most demanding standards. The Sysco Brand AQL for foodservice grade gloves is 1.5% and for Medical grade gloves it is .065%.

What is the powder used for in disposable gloves?

Powder makes donning the glove easier.

How are powder free gloves made and can they be donned as easily.

Powder free gloves are manufactured inside out and dipped in a silicone-type coating so that the inner surface of the glove will be smoother and more slippery. They should be donned as easily as powdered gloves.

What are the benefits of the various types of cuffs available.

Longer cuffs such as the gauntlet cuff are suitable when the hands will be immersed in a liquid solution. Safety cuffs are appropriate when the material could otherwise enter through the cuff and reach the skin. Rolled cuffs provide strength and prevent roll downs and protection against tearing.

What are latex allergies?

Natural rubber latex is used in the manufacture of some gloves and many people are allergic to natural rubber products. Reactions range from a mild rash, to severe, life threatening anaphylactic shock and the use of powdered latex gloves magnifies this reaction. For this reason, vinyl or nitrile gloves are often used instead. Sysco is pleased to introduce a new Aloe Vera Gel Powder-Free Latex Glove, designed to soothe skin while at the same time providing unparalleled protection and comfort.

How do I know what rubber glove is suitable for my purpose?

Sysco Brand gloves are manufactured using a variety of materials and are suitable for numerous applications. To determine which gloves are suitable for your application consider a glove audit to identify major usage patterns and recommend selective supply to eliminate wastage. Sysco Brand gloves offer colour coded packaging, making it easy to identify the proper gloves for the job.


  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after wearing and changing gloves. Bacteria builds up under the glove and should be washed away after use.
  • Before handling ready to eat foods, like salad, fruit or meat, put gloves on.
  • Use gloves that fit properly and ones that are designed for the task at hand.
  • Change gloves whenever you change activities, or when you leave your workstation.
  • Change gloves after sneezing, coughing or touching your hair or face with your gloved hand.
  • Change gloves periodically to minimize the buildup of perspiration and bacteria.