FDA Resumes Food Safety Inspections

FDA officials resumed high-risk inspections on Tuesday.


As the government continues its shutdown -- now the longest in history -- the FDA has gained clearance to resume its inspections of high-risk food facilities using unpaid staff. 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb addressed Twitter saying that hundreds of furloughed employees have agreed to restart inspections that were previously halted. 

Inspectors started sampling assignments on Monday and began inspections on Tuesday. Gottlieb aims to have restarted all medical product inspections that weren't covered by user fees that were shut down by next week.