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Routine inspections of food-processing facilities suspended due to shutdown furlough of FDA inspectors

Routine inspections of food-processing facilities suspended due to shutdown furlough of FDA inspectors

The furloughing of hundreds of Food and Drug Administration inspectors has sharply reduced inspections of the nation's food supply - one of many repercussions of the partial government shutdown that make Americans potentially less safe.

The agency, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an interview. He said he's working on a plan to bring back inspectors as early as next week to resume inspections of high-risk facilities, which handle foods such as soft cheese or seafood, or have a history of problems.

"We are doing what we can to mitigate any risk...

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