When the unresolved discussions in the USA between the President and the Congress resulted in the closure of most US Government activities there were some worries that food safety standards may suffer.
The reassurance that essential food safety inspections would still take place means that any serious outbreak and food safety recall would still take place to protect the public. Meat inspections will also continue, but the less essential inspections and investigations will not happen.
Why all the worry?
Good food safety practice doesn’t depend on the government.
Modern food safety systems are being ‘policed’ by the food industry.
Systems are being put in place by food and drink producers that are more stringent than government regulations and the companies are being audited more frequently than by government inspection. Thankfully accredited certification schemes and supporting inspection professionals are still fully operational.
As are the food safety attorneys!