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‘Essential’ food safety inspections continue during shutdown

Whether Congressional gremlins working in the wee hours of the morning agreed to call off the partial government shutdown or whether they’ve allowed it to spill into Monday morning, one thing won’t change. Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be showing up for work at the nation’s 6,200 meat and poultry slaughter and… Continue Reading

White House Says FDA Inspections Were ‘Sharply Curtailed’ During Shutdown

Routine inspections of domestic and international food facilities by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were “sharply curtailed” during the 16-day government shutdown in October, according to a report released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Thursday afternoon. Although the agency continued inspections where there was imminent threat to health or life, the… Continue Reading

Shutdown Not Impeding Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

If you haven’t already heard, there’s an ongoing Salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 278 people in 17 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s linked to seven strains of Salmonella Heidelberg — some of which are antibiotic-resistant — that have contaminated chickens grown by West Coast poultry producer Foster Farms…. Continue Reading

Federal Shutdown Leaves Pesticides and Ag Chemicals Stuck at Ports

While the government shutdown has spurred much discussion over the fate of federal food surveillance, the agriculture industry may soon feel the biggest impact from furloughs at another federal agency: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the 10 days since the shutdown went into effect, millions of dollars of imported agricultural chemicals have been stuck… Continue Reading

Proposed House Bill Would Fund FDA During Shutdown

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill that would fund the Food and Drug Administration during the government shutdown. The so-called Food and Drug Safety Act was introduced last Thursday by House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL). The bill is the latest in a series of stopgap funding measures… Continue Reading

LGMA Government Food-Safety Audits Continue Through Shutdown


This op-ed originally appeared Oct. 2 on LGMA’s blog. In light of the current environment, in which many federal government operations are shut down due to fiscal constraints, we want to ensure our customers and consumers that government food-safety audits on leafy greens farms continue uninterrupted. It is important to understand that LGMA (California Leafy Greens… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Imperial Government IS Functioning


As I remember it, it became acceptable to call Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon “The Imperial President” when a new apparel design he reportedly wanted for the uniformed Secret Service would have made them look those fabled palace guards. Even before last week’s government closures, I was thinking we should all just begin referring to Washington,… Continue Reading

Federal Government Shutdown: Impact on Food Safety May Compound Over Time

As the U.S. enters the third day of a federal government shutdown, meat inspectors at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue performing their duties uninterrupted, while inspectors at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – which oversees 80 percent of the food supply – have been asked to turn in their government cell phones… Continue Reading