The shutdown hit close to home this morning when I opened my laptop at 5:30 a.m. to see a flood of hundreds of “Out of Office” notifications responding to emails generated from last night’s blog posts on Salmonella in flour and spinach.

Here are just a few:

“Thank you for your message. I am not in the office at this time. I am on furlough without access to email, due to the lapse in federal government funding. I will return your message as soon as possible once funding has been restored. For information about available government services, visit”

“Due to the absence of either an FY 2019 appropriation or Continuing Resolution for FDA, I am out of the office on furlough status and I am not able to read or respond to your message.”

“I am currently out of the office.”

Odd way to run a government.

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