Has the FDA stopped food inspections because of government shutdown?



In early to mid-January 2019, several major news agencies reported that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had stopped inspecting various foods due to a continuing partial closure of the federal government.


Although the FDA suspended some inspections on January 9, 2019, the agency resumed many on January 15, 2019 when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that refugee food inspectors would be required to continue their work without pay. We contacted the FDA press office but only received an automated response stating that the employees are on vacation.


However, Gottlieb used his Twitter account to keep the public informed and informed:










Gottlieb announced less than a week ago that some inspections had been suspended. Loud New York Times These inspections included "routine food safety checks on seafood, fruit, vegetables and many other foods that are at high risk of contamination because the federal government was closed."


According to Gottlieb, the FDA continued to conduct regular inspections of foreign food andtake steps"Conduct high-risk audits that account for 31 percent of the agency's workload. Gottlieb said the FDA normally conducts about 160 inspections a week. According to Gottlieb, high-risk foods include:


[M]odified-atmosphere packed products; acidified and low-acid preserves; Seafood; baked goods filled with custard; Dairy products, including soft, semi-soft, soft-ripened cheese and cheese products, unpasteurised juices; Sprouts ready to eat; fresh fruits and vegetables and processed fruits and vegetables; spices; Shell eggs; sandwiches; prepared salads; Baby food; and medical food.





Gottlieb claimed that the agency did not carry out any inspections during the Christmas and New Year holiday anyway:




US Department of Agriculture workers, who oversee meat and poultry, continued to conduct inspections without pay.


On 22 December 2018, a partial shutdown of the federal government began after President Donald Trump had demanded the provision of 5.7 billion US dollars for the construction of the boundary walls in the federal budget, which the Democrats did not want to accept. The impasse led to the government's longest standstill in US history.



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