Food You Should Avoid During the Government Shutdown

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It’s been almost one month since the partial government shutdown began and the effects are being felt in so many ways, including the food we eat.

The FDA, the agency in charge of making sure the food we eat is safe, stopped some routine food safety inspections when the shutdown began. Just this week, some of the agency’s thousands of furloughed workers were brought back to resume “high risk” inspections, without pay.

The situation has some safety advocates concerned and they’re sharing some tips for consumers.

Some foods to avoid are:

  • Unpasteurized juices, ciders, or dairy products
  • Raw or undercooked meat especially ground beef and poultry, eggs, and shellfish
  • Uncooked and unwashed vegetables and fruit 
  • Ready-to-eat foods (hot dogs and deli meats)
  • Pre-packaged salads and sandwiches
  • Raw sprouts and romaine lettuce 

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