FDA To Halt Inspections, Dial Back Enforcement In Shutdown

Law360, New York (September 30, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will forgo routine facility inspections and most of its food safety activities as part of the government shutdown that began at midnight Tuesday, officials said, though it will continue to handle critical recalls, investigations and import screenings.

During the shutdown, the FDA will continue to perform certain activities vital to public health, including "emergencies, high-risk recalls, civil and criminal investigations [and] import entry review," according to a contingency staffing plan released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.

In addition, drug, medical device and tobacco product regulation funded by user fees...

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