US Shutdown Exposes Everyone to Food Safety Risks

Food safety advocates say that even without the government shutdown and budget cuts, the FDA is limited in what it can do


Most of the people involved in the day-to-day journey along the food supply chain are probably sick of reading about food safety and inspections and the United State government shutdown and furloughing of workers at the FDA and USDA, but this piece from the New York Times puts a little of the focus on what was happening at the agencies before the shutdown.

Many food safety experts and advocates are afraid that cutbacks at the FDA, which is responsible for inspecting the bulk of food that Americans eat and has gone from a goal of inspecting about 200 plants per week to none, with reduced inspections of imported food too (less than 2%), have already reduced the federal agency's ability to protect our food supply. To read more,click HERE.

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