Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak Occurs During Government Shutdown

Salmonella Heidelberg has been reported in eighteen states thus so far. Salm-heidI hope our legislators don’t decide to go out for chicken during the shutdown.

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While the government is shut down, with food-safety personnel and disease detectives sent home and forbidden to work, a major foodborne-illness outbreak has begun. This evening, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture announced that “an estimated 278 illnesses … reported in 18 states” have been caused by chicken contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg and possibly produced by the firm Foster Farms.

“FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period,” the agency said in an emailed alert. “The outbreak is continuing.”

(Updates to this post are at the bottom.)

This is the exact situation that CDC and other about-to-be-furloughed federal personnel warned about last week…

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  • Haystack

    It’s Obama’s fault for forcing the Republicans to endanger the public.

  • echar

    I have visions of a party like the one in E. A. Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. All guests are tea partier republicans, and chicken is served. It’s not revealed ’til after that the chicken has Salmonella Heidelberg due to their obstinance. Too bad they’ve locked themselves in, and cannot escape.

  • Tchoutoye

    Must be a particularly strong Salmonella strain to resist all that arsenic chickens are being fed these days.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I don’t want the economy to recover or anyone to go back to work for the state, when the banks failed I said good, great, grand. You can liquidate the US all you like because you’re only pulling the rug out from under your own feet, not any of us who are truly sworn to poverty and charity… which, to some degree, you claim to be.

    • Rhoid Rager

      fuck yeah

    • jnana

      precisely. we can do it together, if, as u say, we commit ourselves to poverty and charity. all these greedy baztids are doing is sowing the seeds of their own (institutions’)destruction.

  • Charlie Primero

    OMG Protect Us Government!

    • Rhoid Rager

      you forgot the sarc font

  • BuzzCoastin

    lemme get this straight
    no inspectors & the plague breaks out
    they cannot make clean chicken without a doughnut muncher watching?
    what is it
    when the cats away…?

    • emperorreagan

      It’s the invisible hand of the free market at work!

  • The Well Dressed Man
  • jon

    Nevermind that the FSIS was already hiring contracted inspection companies, some of which are the food companies themselves, to only inspect a very small portion of our food. That’s not corrupt at all.

  • emperorreagan

    Goddamn democrats poisoning the chicken to make the GOP & industrial food processors look bad!

  • teachpeace

    IMHO~ I think the outbreak would have happen regardless of the government shut-down. There are just not that many inspectors in the first place to take on the oversight workload adequately , like the FAA and other points of safety regulation in any facet in which we all are directly or indirectly exposed. Today chicken, tomorrow
    spinach or cantaloupe or peanuts. Good luck to all in the great roulette wheel of life.

    Profit before consumer protection makes us all vulnerable. BTW Privatization of regulators is not the answer in any way, shape or form.