Originally posted on FARE Blog:
Since the shutdown of the federal government earlier this week, FARE has been investigating the ways in which the shutdown may impact government services or initiatives related to food allergies. While much is uncertain during this time, we want to provide the community with the information we have gathered thus far, and we will continue to inform you of any new developments. Please be advised of the following important notices regarding federal government shutdown:
USDA and FDA Food Recalls Due to Undeclared Allergens
FARE has reached out to multiple contacts at both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine if their food recalls and recall notification systems are being affected by the shutdown. These undeclared allergen recall notifications provide potentially life-saving information to our community.
The information we have at this time indicates that many of the staff who are responsible for processing and distributing recall notices have been furloughed. Recalls are delayed in distribution, and are being released in a limited capacity.