Michigan State experts disagree on whether partial government shutdown impacts food safety.  We all know that this is day 20 of the government shutdown and there are concerns about many things including food safety.

One MSU expert says a pause in some routine FDA inspections isn't likely to pose a food safety risk.  Yet another expert says it opens the door to the possibility of risk.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the ongoing federal government shutdown has stopped at least some of the Food and Drug Administration's regular food safety inspections, which help stop food borne illness.

The FDA takes care of most of the country's food supply.  Some meat and some egg products are inspected around the clock by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is still operating during the shutdown.

Every year, food borne illnesses sicken 47.8 million people, mostly resulting in norovirus.   Find out more from MSU experts by clicking on the above link.


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