Amid Shutdown, Gottlieb Hopes To Restart High-Risk Food Inspections

January 11, 2019
As the partial government shutdown nears its third week, FDA is working to restart inspections of domestic high-risk food facilities, though the furloughed workers who perform those inspections will likely go unpaid until the shutdown ends, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted on Jan. 9 Since FDA’s food safety inspection activities are not funded by user fees, most of those activities have stopped since the shutdown. Typically, FDA conducts about 160 domestic food inspections a week, of which about one-third are...

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