Look, I'm gonna be completely honest and lay all my cards on the table, O.K.?
About 5 years ago we got a puppy, a lab/chow cross. Cuter than all heck, with very fine, black hair.
I o/o a small business, and I do my uniforms at home, O.K.? Doesn't make sense for a uniform co. to do it since they are based on volume, and there's only me in the kitchen. But I do wear a uniform in the kitchen- a clean one every day, and I change in washroom.
About 4 mths after we get the dog, the hair starts showing up in my kitchen. The dog's never been near the business--ever. Looking around at home I notice there is dog hair is in the dryer lint trap, heck there's hair all over the house and, of course, in the car.
I can't tell employees to get rid of their pets, but I can tell them not to enter my premises with cat hair or dog hair all over their coats or sweaters. Matter of fact I've told one or two customers with pet hair flying off their coats that too.
Am I being a sphincter muscle for doing this, or just looking after my business and reputation?
Is pet hair poisonous? Will it contaminate?
Dunno, don't care.
But I do know if a customer finds pet hair in their food(regardless of where it came from....) all hell will break loose and I will have to pay for something--if not "eating" the cost for their purchases, then certainly fined for having animal hair in my premises.
I don't go "gallivanting" around town in a Chef's coat. I shop locally and during business hours, but I'll always change into street clothes if I do this. And I'm always in street clothes when I'm meeting retail customers, doing deliveries, or stocking shelves in customer's stores. This is how I choose to represent my business, and it is how I want any future employees to do so. One of my main reasons for doing this has nothing to do with hygiene, it's to avoided being "made" as the chocolate shop owner and then getting hit up for every kind of charity imaginable.
I hope I've made my view clear....