Fruits, vegetables, and seafood are not being checked!FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the government shutdown has led the agency to halt inspections of domestic food-processing facilities. The FDA oversees the inspection of 80% of the U.S. food supply.
Gottlieb is working to bring back enough furloughed inspectors into high-risk facilities to prevent an increase in food-borne illnesses. Will you be more choosy when you grocery shop while the FDA's inspectors have been furloughed?
THREAD: Food Safety During Shutdown: We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food safety surveillance inspections we’re doing during the shutdown to make sure we continue inspecting high risk food facilities. 31% of our inventory of domestic inspections are considered high risk
— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) January 9, 2019
Should the U.S. government be held responsible for any deaths that result from the FDA's inability to inspect the nation's food supply?