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Q: Why, with so many people getting sick eating food here in Payson, doesn't the health department require all those who handle food to wear gloves like they do at Del Taco and Subway? It would sure make it a lot safer for us.

A: First of all, "No one is getting sick," Svanna Jones, environmental health specialist for Gila County said. "We have had zero complaints for the past few months."

But a new food code did go into effect Nov. 3 requiring gloves and appropriate utensils to be used to avoid touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands.

Under the new code, which includes 20 requirements and regulations, food employees may not wear fingernail polish or artificial fingernails unless wearing gloves, and must follow strict guidelines when washing their hands and arms.

Q: Does the Town of Payson have a full-time animal control officer yet? If so, what's his name?

A: Not yet. The previous animal control officer is still on medical leave due to an on-duty injury, Lt. Don Engler of the Payson Police Department, said.

"We're still finishing up some issues to try to get her squared away and find out what her status is," he said.

In the meantime, the police department is using other resources to bolster its animal control capabilities.

"We're training some volunteers Tuesday evening who can give us a hand until we're once again able to provide a full-time person," Engler said.

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