He told the network the FDA would have some of its workforce work without pay in order to inspect "high risk food facilities".
The government shutdown has put America's food supply at risk despite the best efforts of the Food and Drug Administration, experts warn. The Food and Drug Administration does about 160 routine food inspections a week but since the shutdown inspections have been sharply reduced.More news: Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey denies ‘Nazi salute’ during team night out
Roughly 31 percent of the food they deal with is considered to be "high-risk" and includes baby formula, seafood, cheese and produce. "There are important things we are not doing". While those workers still wouldn't be paid until after the shutdown ends, Gottlieb said he was setting up an agency travel account to help those inspectors keep large balances off their personal credit cards.
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Each year, an estimated 48 million people are sickened by foodborne illnesses in the U.S., leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We are still performing those inspections and do routine sampling in both processors and retail establishments", said Heather Lansdowne with the Kansas State Department of Agriculture.More news: Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match