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Foods To Avoid When The Government Shuts Down

If you think the government shutdown does not affect you personally, think about the food inspectors at the Food and Drug Administration who are furloughed for the second week now. The FDA doesn't inspect all foods, but they are responsible for making sure that imported seafood, produce, and packaged foods are safe to consume. The USDA is still inspecting American meat and dairy foods, but only with a skeleton crew. Or maybe that's not the best term to use.

If something were to happen in the food chain, the CDC would not be able to trace it, as they are also subject to the shutdown. What to do? First, don't panic. Under normal circumstances, only about 1% of imported food shipments undergo FDA inspections. However, with no inspections at all, there is some risk. You may want to take a look at a list of some foods that have proven troublesome to inspectors in the past.

(Image credit: Flickr user D Sharon Pruitt)

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Can anyone explain to me how the shutdown affects border controls and other domestic security operations? Is everything running as normal? Will those inimical to the US find it easier to carry out their nefarious acts? I'm not in the US and while I've read many of the reports on the BBC, etc., I find it's always better to hear first-hand from the people it affects.
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