Not a shutdown, a letdown

The news is out: One of the nine affected departments is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, responsible for making sure the food we eat is safe.
Due to the lack of funding, the FDA now lacks the ability to adequately publicize recalls, outbreaks and other information vital to human health. 2018 was full of major recalls ranging from romaine and eggs to yogurt and cake mix, all of which were announced by the FDA, and nobody knows when the shutdown will end, so how do we know what’s safe to eat?
Before the shutdown began, the FDA was posting multiple food recalls and other various safety bulletins per day. Some people in the department are still working (albeit without pay) on high-risk items only. Even so, one expert worries inspectors’ minds might not be in the right place.
“All these people are professionals and are certainly doing their jobs, but if they’re also worried about who’s going to pay for their kid’s dental appointments or soccer stuff, or even food or rent, their focus is not where you want it to be,” renowned foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler told The Daily Meal over the phone. “The FDA is underfunded and understaffed, with respect, to inspect before furloughing people. They don’t get to as many high-risk factories and processing groups as they should anyway, so to cut back even more certainly raises enormous concerns.”

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