The situation is "pretty bleak for consumers, most of whom aren’t in the habit of asking questions about where their food comes from and don’t realize that they might suddenly need to start self-regulating their groceries when the government stops doing it for them."
Normally, only 1% of incoming food is inspected (at random) but that check means any importer risks losing product if they send something unacceptable. Now that news of our shutdown has had plenty of time to spread around the globe, I can only imagine how food exporters are responding.
- avoid imported seafood, leafy greens, tomatoes, and cantaloupe, as these are the most likely to be contaminated.
- Thinking of eating local produce instead ? Check this guide out: