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Health & FitAvoid these foods during the government shutdown, experts warn

01:30  12 january  2019
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Avoid these foods during the government shutdown, experts warn© gerenme / istockphoto

The food chain won't be as safe in general during the shutdown, so just staying away from these foods might not be enough, but historically these are the ones most at risk for issues.

December 22 marked the beginning of a partial government shutdown sparked by a dispute between the president and congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall. As a result, an estimated 800,000 federal workers have gone unpaid. One of the nine affected departments is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, responsible for making sure the food we eat is safe.

Due to the lack of funding, the FDA now lacks the ability to adequately publicize recalls, outbreaks and other information vital to human health. 2018 was full of major recalls ranging from romaine and eggs to yogurt and cake mix — all of which were announced by the FDA — and nobody knows when the shutdown will end, so how do we know what’s safe to eat?

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Even if the government was fully functional, you could justify avoiding these imported foods because they're notoriously filthy (and the FDA has the manpower to inspect only less than 2% of imports when it's up and Other food -safety experts unwilling to speak on the record expressed the same concerns.

The partial government shutdown has crippled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s food safety surveillance efforts, pausing many domestic inspections and potentially putting more Americans at risk of contracting food -borne illnesses such as E. coli, salmonella and norovirus.

To find out, we spoke with registered dietician, attorney, and CEO of TelaDietitian Jackie Arnett Elnahar, who specializes in weight loss and disease prevention, management and reversal. Until the FDA is able to monitor recalls and products more effectively, Elnahar says it’s important to steer clear of raw foods and processed meats because they’re prone to contamination. She also says to avoid romaine lettuce and sprouts such as alfalfa and broccoli. These vegetables are susceptible to E. coli.

Ground beef should be avoided since it uses the meat of many different animals. Opt for bigger-piece meats that are less likely to be contaminated, such as steak,” Elnahar told The Daily Meal in an email. “It is also very important to eat less raw vegetables at this time and to cook more. Cooking foods thoroughly at 165 degrees Fahrenheit can kill E. coli, salmonella and listeria.”

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The government shutdown could lead to a perhaps unexpected negative consequence: more food -poisoning outbreaks. A massive amount of American food safety inspections aren't happening due to the government shutdown , and it could mean more food -poisoning outbreaks.

Before the shutdown began, the FDA was posting multiple food recalls and other various safety bulletins per day. Some people in the department are still working (albeit without pay) on high-risk items only. Even so, one expert worries inspectors’ minds might not be in the right place.

“All these people are professionals and are certainly doing their jobs, but if they’re also worried about who’s going to pay for their kid’s dental appointments or soccer stuff, or even food or rent, their focus is not where you want it to be,” renowned foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler told The Daily Meal over the phone. “The FDA is underfunded and understaffed, with respect, to inspect before furloughing people. They don’t get to as many high-risk factories and processing groups as they should anyway, so to cut back even more certainly raises enormous concerns.”

Marler, who’s been litigating food poisoning cases since 1993, echoes Elnahar’s assertion on which foods to avoid, and offers a few other recommendations.

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“You can’t shut down the United States government at this magnitude and expect that everything’s going to be hunky-dory,” said Bruce McIndoe, founder and Gottlieb said that legal guidance from the 2013 shutdown said the agency could not conduct regular food inspections during a funding shortfall.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has stopped routine food safety inspections of seafood, fruits, vegetables and many other foods at high risk of contamination because of the federal government ’s shutdown , Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s commissioner, said on Wednesday.

“[Avoid] any foods a consumer can’t cook,” he said. “Or any ready-to-eat products that likely contain pathogens, like cheeses, deli meats, leafy greens or sprouts. Anything that doesn’t have a ‘kill step’ involved, avoid it until the shutdown is over.”

The Daily Meal has reached out to the FDA for comment.

One additional suggestion that we have is to follow your supermarket or grocery store on social media. This way, if the grocer proactively issues a recall not announced by the FDA — as Kroger did on January 10 — you’ll have a better chance of knowing about it. Truth be told, watching what you eat is just one way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family at this time. Take it a step further with these tips for avoiding food poisoning.

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