Lincoln, Neb.-- It may not be at the top of your concerns during a government shutdown, especially with the nation's credit now on the line in Washington, but the stalemate could be putting every American in a potential health risk.
With over 900 FDA employees now on furlough, many of them food inspectors, how do you make sure your food is safe?
"Without having regulation that could certainly lead to some problems and certainly lead to concerns," said Joyce Jensen with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
Around two percent of all imported and manufactured food is checked by the FDA. However, now with all those inspectors on furlough, those checks just aren't happening.
"There is some concern now only a percentage of that food is routinely inspected, but with none of it being inspected that could certainly lead to concerns," said Jenkins.
Local food store Open Harvest says they've heard the concern from customers.
"We have heard from consumers that there's less confidence in a lot of the imported food and a lot of the larger scale commercially produced foods," said BJ Birkel, brand manager with Open Harvest.
He says they do import some food however most of their produce is from local vendors.
"Occasionally we'll get things like apples from New Zealand in the off season but, for the most part, we don't have a lot of imported products," said Birkel.