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Salmonella Outbreak During Government Shutdown

You've heard about this whole government-shutdown thing that is going on: GOP wants to get rid of Obamacare -- that piece of legislation passed by majority vote and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court -- so they basically shut down the government over it.

That's OK; the furloughed employees are considered to be "nonessential" anyway. You know, the Environmental Protection Agency (who needs a pesticide regulation anyway?), auto recall inspectors (cars work, don't they?), food inspectors (safe food? Meh).

Turns out the whole lack of food inspectors is causing a bit of an issue, actually. While safety inspectors and food scientists are hanging out, not getting paid, a salmonella outbreak is spreading across the county. No biggie.

See Also: What the Government Shutdown Means for Your Food

According to an article published by Wired, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has reported that about 278 people across 18 states, mostly in California, are ill due to a salmonella outbreak tied to chicken from three plants owned by Forster Farms, a poultry company based in California.

In an emailed notification, the agency said yesterday, "FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period. The outbreak is continuing."

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