October 2, 2013

This Can’t Be Good

1 Federal Health Agencies Idle During Shutdown

Many federal health agency workers, under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services, will be idle during the government shutdown including 8,700 of about 13,000 staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and 6,600 of 15,000 employees at the Food and Drug Administration. So, during the shutdown, the government’s daily work of tracking measles and salmonella outbreaks and inspecting worksites to ensure the safety of food and drugs has been suspended. “The vast majority of CDC’s activities will shut down completely,” said spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds. “Our public health response will be slowed.” The FDA will continue high-risk food and drug recalls and the USDA will continue meat inspections but surveillance for flu-season and other infectious diseases will be “weakened.”

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Stepping Up Food Inspections from Japan

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Government Shutdown, Measles, Salmonella, Public Health Agencies, Food Inspections, Barbara Reynolds

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