The Food and Drug Administration has been slowed greatly in its work to inspect food-processing facilities due to the government shutdown, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The FDA has suspended its routine inspections of the facilities and is constructing a plan to bring back some furloughed inspectors as early as next week. Those inspectors would be assigned to high-risk facilities, such as those that produce soft cheese and seafood, according to the report.
The government shutdown comes just two months after an E. coli outbreak that was linked to red and green leaf lettuce and cauliflower products harvested in California. The Center for Disease Control and prevention estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne diseases each year. Around 3,00 people die.