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5 Foods to Watch Out for During the Government Shutdown

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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.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:54AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

12:09PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

9:53PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

In general it's better and safer to buy local and from small farms.

10:41AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013


8:17AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing :)

4:23AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013


5:22PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Ridicuöous the whole thing is USA

9:42AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Thanks for posting.

4:26AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013


1:11AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thank you!

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