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FDA resumes some food inspections, while government shutdown continues

As the partial government shutdown continues, we’ve now reached almost 30 days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reversing course and will be conducting inspections of some foods.

Just last week we wrote about how the FDA had halted domestic food inspections amid the United States government shutdown. Nearly 700 food inspections per month were set to be missed. Needless to say, many Americans were unhappy with the idea that the foods they purchased would go uninspected while the government was shutdown. So now the FDA has announced “it will resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula…” The inspections will be carried out by roughly 150 unpaid employees that will return from their mandated furloughs. These types of inspections typically account for “roughly 8,400 routine inspections each year “.

It’s important to note that while these FDA inspections have been hampered by the government shutdown, “meat, poultry and processed eggs are checked by the Department of Agriculture and have continued” according to the Associated Press. No one is sure how much longer this partial government shutdown will continue, so it’s nice to see that some steps are being taken to insure Americans aren’t putting their health at risk while politicians in DC work things out.

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