ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- From the Capitol to your dinner plate. The government shutdown is being felt.
"At the moment, I remain pretty optimistic that we'll get it together," Jeff McNally said.
McNally runs The Floridian restaurant in St. Augustine. Earlier today, he learned the fate of The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Thanks to the mess in Washington, routine food inspections have been halted.
"Personally, I'm not particularly worried about it. We'll see how it turns out. I do think they're a valuable part of the government. We'll see what happens," he continued.
The FDA is responsible for 80 percent of the food supply. While meat safety inspectors are still monitoring steaks, hamburgers, turkey and chicken, everything else you find in the grocery story is up in the air.
It couldn't come at worse time because the FDA is short staffed. During the 2012 fiscal year, the agency inspected about 10,000 of the 167,000 domestic food manufacturers.
McNally says fortunately for them, they buy local. He hopes that will keep them healthy through the government shutdown and beyond.
"We are in a fortunate position to use a lot of local ingredients that we know exactly where it comes from and we can pretty much count on the safety of those."
The FDA is tracking more than 30 clusters of illnesses, but under the shutdown, the CDC has just one person monitoring important pathogens like salmonella and E. coli.