October 3rd, 2013
08:01 AM ET

Government Shutdown Could Affect Food Safety

No deal is in sight with the Congressional meltdown and subsequent government shutdown, but hundreds of thousands of workers are being forced to stay home as Washington continues to squabble.

“Instead of starting their day at the office, these furloughed workers are manning the picket lines,” reports CNN’s Rene Marsh.

Hundreds of food safety inspectors have been furloughed at the Food and Drug Administration's headquarters in Maryland, reports CNN’s Brian Todd.

“That means people who watch out for the safety of our eggs, produce and seafood, several hundred of them furloughed,” he says. “It does increase the risk of food-borne illness and some kind of an outbreak.

“Empty hallways at the Centers for Disease Control as well,” says Marsh.

C.D.C. Spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds is concerned for the center’s experts.  “What is it that might be happening that we're just not going to catch as soon as we normally would?"

According to Reynolds, the C.D.C. can't support its annual flu program because of the shutdown,  just as the season approaches.

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  1. GWT

    WE, THE PEOPLE, are SITTING BACK AND ALLOWING THE TEA PARTY TO SHUTDOWN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE, THE PEOPLE, need to TAKE TO THE STREETS and DEMAND that the TEA PARTY OPEN UP OUR GOVERNMENT AND OPEN IT UP NOW! NO STRINGS ATTACHED. It's that simple. It's OUR GOVERNMENT – NOT THE TEA PARTY'S GOVERNMENT. It is so obvious they don't care about us, they only care about themselves. These TEA PARTY POLITICIANS are INSANE and they don't have the knowledge or experience that it takes to run the government. THE TEA PARTY POLITICIANS are DANGEROUS and they RUINING OUR COUNTRY and OUR REPUTATION AROUND THE WORLD. This is CRAZY and what is more CRAZY is the WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE ALLOWING THE TEA PARTY POLITICIANS TO DO THIS. WE, THE PEOPLE NEED TO UNITE, ORGANIZE PROTESTS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND GET OUR SIGNS OUT AND DEMAND THAT THE TEA PARTY OPEN UP OUR GOVERNMENT AND OPEN IT UP NOW! IF WE DO THIS YOU CAN BET THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL BE OPENED UP IMMEDIATELY.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Reply

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