Government Shutdown Stretches FDA Food Safety Thin

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 8:41 PM EST) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to resume inspections of high-risk foods as the federal government shutdown drags on, forcing the agency to triage thinned resources to monitor food safety risks amid concerns that problems would go undetected.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Twitter this week said the agency is planning to call back some furloughed staff to carry out inspections of high-risk food facilities, such as plants with a history of problems, or foods that are particularly susceptible to contamination like soft cheese. But routine food safety inspections remain on hold during the shutdown, with no seeming end in sight,...

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