Constituent Update Special Alert - October 1, 2013
Update on FSIS Operations
Due to a lapse in appropriations for FSIS as of October 1, FSIS has initiated the process of orderly shutdown of nonessential operations. You can view USDA’s plans for a lapse in appropriations at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.
We understand the uncertainty that the current circumstances present for Americans that USDA serves every day, as well as our many partners around the country. Effective today, many FSIS staff will be furloughed pending reinstatement of funding by Congress. These staff will not be available by phone or e-mail, and cannot carry out work for the Agency, until funding is restored.
Meat, poultry and processed egg inspection activities, as well as those services necessary to support inspection activities, will be maintained. Other FSIS functions, such as food safety education - including the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, and label review, will be impacted.
We are committed to keeping you as up to date as possible, within the limits of current circumstances.