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Government Shutdown and FDALadies and gentlemen thousands of government employees were furloughedwhen the Congress failed to approve a budget by October 1 2013 Thisaction did not only affect thousands of employees but also the dutiesthey performed and the purposes of performing those duties Entitiessuch as USDA CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention and FDAFood and Drug Administration amongst others that affectpeopleconsumers directly were highly affected According to theDepartment of Health and Human Services 2013 FDA was affected in thevarious ways in as far as staffing was concerned Forty-five percent ofthe 14779 employees were temporarily sent home The institutions 8180employees that remained would be used to handle the critical activitiessuch as sustenance of critical consumer protection Largely the entitywas not able to maintain most of cosmetics activities nutrition andfood safety Many of these furloughed employees engage in such dailyactivities Prior to the shutdown HHS had warned that FDA would not be able toconduct some enforcement and compliance activities notificationprograms imports monitoring and routine establishment inspections Theentity would also stop the large share of lab research activities Nixon1 through the New York Times states that since the shutdown was ananticipated event criminals were in a better position of penetratingillegal unauthorized or harmful products including foodstuffs intothe market FDAs focus was on handling outbreaks recalls or otherissues that required immediate attention The intensity of effects onthe consumers was proportionate to the governments shutdown duration FDA was not the only entity affected by the shutdown However itattracted a lot of concern from other entities as drugs and foods wereconsumed directly and greatly by the consumers as their intake was notaffected by the government shutdown Consumers regardless of the agegroup were highly exposed to contamination and poisoning hence it wasa quick way of destroying a nation Daily reports constantly state ofthe presence of illegal production and sale of drugs and foodstuffs inthe market when the FDA is fully at work The main concern was theextent to which such
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