FDA Halts Routine Food Inspections Due to Government Shutdown

Scott Gottlieb. MUST CREDIT Bloomberg

Late past year, an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickened more than 60 people.

The FDA plans to either find new funding to bring inspectors back, or order them to work until the shutdown is over, then offer backpay.

"We're still doing ALL our regular foreign food inspections", Gottlieb said on Twitter.

The Food and Drug Administration has postponed routine domestic food safety inspections of many high-risk foods this week due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, the agency's commissioner said Wednesday. FDA inspectors look for issues at processing facilities like unsanitary conditions and infestations and also inspect food for salmonella and E. coli contamination.

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Roughly 31 percent of the food they deal with is considered to be "high-risk" and includes baby formula, seafood, cheese and produce.

The inspectors conduct about 160 routine food inspections per week and a third of those are of high-risk processing facilities, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Still, Sarah Sorscher, deputy director of regulatory affairs at nonprofit advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest, called the missed inspections unacceptable.

Each year, an estimated 48 million people are sickened by foodborne illnesses in the U.S., leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "But there are 80k food facilities in the U.S.", Helena Bottemiller Evich, an agriculture reporter for Politico, noted. Inspectors working without pay are continuing to inspect meat and poultry facilities.

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