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How the Shutdown is Impacting Food Safety

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The federal government shutdown has suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety inspection program, the Huffington Post writes.

It states:

The FDA actually oversees the safety of the vast majority of the country's food industry. And according to a memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services, the bulk of FDA food inspectors have been deemed non-essential, so will inspect few if any food facilities until Congress and the president agree on a bill to fund the federal government.

Based on the total number of past inspections in 2011, the Post estimates that FDA officials inspect about 80 facilities per business day.

“So, for every day the government doesn't work, approximately 80 food facilities will go without federal inspections,” the Post writes. “If the shutdown lasts until Oct. 17, 960 facilities may go without U.S. inspections.”

Table Scraps:

Esquire magazine takes Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) to task over the federal farm subsidies he has received and his recent biblical references.

The Hagstrom Report says 20 senators have signed onto a letter urging Senate leadership to eliminate direct payments from any farm bill extension that is brought to the floor.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released its 2013 report on hunger today. Its findings: one out of eight people in the world were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger.

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