Salmonella outbreak sickens nearly 300 in US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US government shutdown has hampered inspectors' ability to respond to a salmonella outbreak in raw chicken that has sickened nearly 300 people, a congressional spokesman said on Wednesday.
"The shutdown has really handcuffed these regulatory agencies and their proper regulatory role," Mr Eric Walker, spokesman for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, told AFP.
"This is the nightmare scenario, not just with the government shutdown but this is what happens when you overuse antibiotics in livestock."
The outbreak has been linked to raw chicken from three Foster Farms locations in California, according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).