Companies, investors and consumers are increasingly feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22. President Donald Trump and Congress remain at an impasse over his demands for border security funding that has halted spending legislation needed to reopen the government. Here’s a running catalog of the shutdown’s ripple effects:
Food Inspections, Drug Reviews at Risk as Shutdown Slows FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a government shutdown prevents it from doing some routine food safety inspections, and that the agency is weeks away from running out of funds it uses to review new drugs and medical products. The agency’s limited food safety inspections would be focused on products like seafood, soft cheeses and unpasteurized juice that are more susceptible to food safety risks, compared to more routine inspections. Unlike the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s slaughterhouse inspectors, who are still on the job unpaid, the FDA performs spot checks in domestic processing facilities, focusing on those with higher risks; they are not keeping watch around-the-clock.