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Updated: 10/03/2013 8:20 pm
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.
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nativejax - 10/3/2013 8:48 PM
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FOOD SAFETY!!!!!!What a joke. For a hundred so years now the GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED FFDA has had their nose's in what we are and are not allowed to eat. Pumping it up with CHEMICALS,HORMONES,PRESERVATIVES,GENETIC MUTATIONS,and basically ALLOWING the abuse of billions of chickens and animals DAILY to feed the MASSES of people. So much so that we have become one of the most CANCEROUS Countries in the world. With obesity at an ALL TIME high. And COUNTLESS other diseases that the OTHER Government ran, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, has fattened their pockets by charging their OUTRAGEOUS doctor's fees to the point that now the Government wants to control WHAT DOCTORS ARE ALLOWED TO DO OR NOT DO TOO. You KNOW its true, RIGHT DOWN TO THE STATE LEVEL. By making it illegal to grow your own, or have your own farm animals to sustain yourself and your family within your own back yard. Stay the h3ll out of my house, my fridge, my bedroom and most importantly GET the h3ll out of my White House, This Country belongs to Americans. And 'Americans' no matter who or where they are from, are FREE of government 'control' and threats.
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