From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 10.18.2013
Impact of shutdown might linger even after government up and running
President Obama signed a bill on October 17 to reopen the federal government and end the 16-day shutdown. Throughout the partial federal government shutdown, food safety issues occupied prominent spots in the pages of the nation’s newspapers.
Cantaloupe farm owners charged in relation to the deadly 2011 Listeria outbreak
The latest developments in the case now has the two owners filing a lawsuit blaming a food-safety auditor that didn't pick up safety problems and gave the farm a "superior" rating a month before the outbreak. The Jensens are expected to plead guilty on October 22 under a deal with federal prosecutors.