How the U.S. Shutdown is Affecting the Safety of Our Food
The partial U.S. government shutdown has left 800,000 federal employees away from their jobs and many “non-essential” government services closed down. While the shutdown will likely have serious long-term economic repercussions—not to mention political ones—it is also going to impact the health of Americans, especially the health of their food.
As a result of the shutdown, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will stop their routine food inspections. Even if the shutdown lasts just a few days or a week, this will have enormous health repercussions, as large volumes of food are shipped into the U.S. every day. The FDA, which is responsible for inspecting food supplies, will not conduct this work during the shutdown.