There’s A Widespread Salmonella Outbreak, But Public Health Officials Can’t Work During The Shutdown

From Think Progress:

On Monday night, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged in California. The chicken has been linked to nearly 300 salmonella cases across 18 different states, a widespread outbreak that appears to have begun in March.

According to a spokesperson from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, investigators have “had a difficult time pinpointing the source of the illnesses.” And now, as the government shutdown has furloughed the vast majority of the nation’s public health officials, it won’t be any easier to trace the salmonella strain.