Government shutdown impacts on FDA food inspections

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets have inspected nearly 24,000 food retailers and manufactures since September.

The government shutdown is causing the FDA to hault inspections on seafood, fruits and vegetables. Shoppers we spoke with said regardless of the shutdown, food safety is always in the back of their minds.

"You don't know what's in it you don't know where it came from or what they do with it," Joseph Janack said.

Mary Kiernan is a food safety professor at Syracuse University. She said although there is a halt on certain food inspections, the USDA is inspecting meat, poultry, eggs and grains.

"They're still working but how do you feel when you're working and not getting paid," Kiernan said.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspects more than thirty-five thousand retail and manufacturing locations across the state.

The state agriculture department acts as a co-regulator with the FDA and has the same authority to inspect food manufacturers and can do something the FDA can't: inspect food retailers.

Professor Kiernan said to be on extra cautious, start making sure food is cooked properly, such as cooking meats at the proper temperature. As for vegetables and fruits, if they came from a place not familiar, do not eat them raw.

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