The government shutdown means a reduction in FDA inspections. During the shutdown, everyday, routine inspections will no longer take place and staff will be cut.
The shutdown also means that there will be no tracking of food borne illnesses and no inspection of food imports.These inspections prevent the spread of disease.
Earlier this year, a Nogales vegetable produce warehouse was put on an FDA import alert list after reports of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that hit 18 states and hospitalized more than a dozen people.
The shutdown means such inspections will be suspended.
Meat, poultry and egg inspections will continue.
Amy Adams, an official at the Fresh Produce Association of America worries for public safety during the shutdown.
"The produce is a living organism," says Adams. "It's taking longer to get to stores, get to your table. There is a cost associated with the delay."
Lance Jungmeyer, another official from the Fresh Produce Association of America, spoke with Congress and expressed the need for compromise.
"It's time to put aside partisan bickering and get back to work," Jungmeyer says. "We have companies that are trying to do business."
The FDA website will not be updating information for customers during the shutdown.
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