1. Imported Seafood.
About 80 percent of seafood sold in the United States is imported from elsewhere. With random inspections of imported seafood down considerably during the shutdown, now it is more important than ever to take extreme precaution when consuming imported seafood.
The FDA frequently finds imported seafood with dangerous bacteria, excessive excrement, and even traces of illegal narcotics, adding offending companies to a list of “import alerts” Even during business as usual, they only inspect 1-2% of all imports, so you can certainly make the case that you should always avoid imported seafood. But what makes the current circumstances even more serious is that, during the shutdown, the FDA cannot add companies to the “import alerts” list.
If you must, eat domestic seafood — if you can find it. Domestic fisheries are struggling during the shutdown, too.