Date
January 09, 2019

You can’t shut down the United States government at this magnitude and expect that everything’s going to be hunky-dory. -Bruce McIndoe, Founder and Chief Evangelist

The U.S. government shutdown includes inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration. Bruce McIndoe, Founder and Chief Evangelist spoke with the Washington Post about the affects on food safety from the furlough."'You can’t shut down the United States government at this magnitude and expect that everything’s going to be hunky-dory. You’re going to see a much higher risk of a failure in the system.'

Every federal agency has to make a judgment call about what to go without. Who’s essential? Who’s not? This is not simply about people, but about functions. The government has operational mandates.

Some of the results are clearly visible, as in the much-publicized cases of trash piling up in national parks. But there are subtler and more significant effects involving government functions that are unseen by most Americans but have far greater effects.

McIndoe listed multiple areas of concern for his clients who rely on commercial aviation, including stress on the Transportation Security Administration, where employees may quit if not paid and where there have been media reports of workers calling in sick in unusually large numbers — reports denied by TSA."

Read the full article, "With inspectors furloughed, reduced FDA inspections ‘put our food supply at risk,’" here.