Government Shutdown Halts Fda Food Inspections. Should You Worry?

From left to right: Shawn McClain, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano and Jean Philippe Maury

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I dont know that in the short term there would be much impact. Plus, some inspections will continue. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will continue to monitor meat and poultry production during the shutdown, because those facilities cant lawfully operate without a USDA inspector present. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations seafood inspection program, which is funded through service fees and not government appropriations, is still up and running. (FDA seafood inspections, of course, are not). The bigger problem, according to Ms. DeWaal, could be the management of those inspections, and whether the FDA can adequately respond to an emergency. Those inspections help to prevent problems with food safety, fix them before contaminated foods get into the market. These agencies are working at very minimal capacity. They say they will retain some capacity for emergencies, but if you dont have CDC [ Centers for Disease Control ] in place and you’re operating on a skeleton crew anyway, I dont have confidence that they have the capacity to recognize and emergency and respond to it. Another huge area of concern is food imports, which are monitored by FDA officials. FDA is responsible for everything thats coming in, DeWaal says. Theyre underfunded in that area generally, but no imports are being inspected for safety right now. People could certainly target the US for products that night not be accepted elsewhere. The agency is underfunded already. The FDA lost $209 million as part of the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that took place March 1 of this year, forcing 2,100 fewer inspections from 2012. The shutdown, DeWaal says, just exacerbates the problem.

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Bush, the number of recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million . Nothing before comes close to that.” With employment increasing, “the Congressional Budget Offices projects SNAP participation to begin declining in 2015.” Shaun Kirkpatrick commented: “There was a work requirement for welfare. Bill Clinton did that during his welfare reform that most working people applauded. To make sure he got the votes and make Republicans look greedy and evil, Obama removed the work requirement …” Kirkpatrick’s perception is prevalent on the Web. But that information comes from a 2012 Mitt Romney political ad that got it dead wrong . Obama actually encouraged the states to strengthen their work requirements. Also, of course, welfare is not the same as food stamps. As for food stamps, more than 72% of all SNAP beneficiaries are families with children. Most of the recipients are children (48%), the elderly (8%) and the disabled. Less than 10% of food stamp recipients receive welfare payments. “John in WNY” wrote, “Yes, many do work, but many of them make sure they never make enough to lose their benefits …” Again, the facts refute the assumption. SNAP has strict time limits for unemployed workers: Able-bodied adults without children can only get three months worth of food stamps in a three-year period , unless working in a qualifying job training program. And how much are the benefits, anyway? The average monthly SNAP benefit per person is $133.85, or less than $1.50 per person per meal.

Donna Brazile takes on food stamp critics

A man waits to apply for food stamps in Florida. Donna Brazile says many people have misconceptions about food stamps.

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