Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.
For food producers, the impetus to produce the most food products at the lowest cost looms heavy. However, the motivation to ensure the safety of the products being sold should carry equal importance, if not more.
My concern is that this outbreak is yet another stark warning that we are on the verge of a world where antibiotics will no longer work, and where common bacterial diseases will once again kill unabated.