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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…