What USDA Will Do During Government Shutdown

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The agency will continue certain services to ensure meat, poultry and egg products are safe.

Despite the government shutdown, certain aspects of the USDA will continue to operate. On Friday, USDA issued a release in which U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue outlined the services that will continue to be available, including the following:

  • Ensuring meat, poultry and egg products are safe
  • Inspect before and after bird and animal slaughter for food intended for humans
  • Apply foreign government inspection requirements and procedures
  • Conduct emergency operations related to voluntary meat and poultry products
  • Conduct epidemiological investigations related to foodborne health hazards and disease outbreaks, and provide pathological, microbiological, and chemical examination of USDA regulated products for disease, infection, contamination and adulteration
  • Prevent movement of adulterated product

A full outline of the government shutdown plan is available on the USDA website.

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