Government Shutdown Stresses Food Inspections

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Treat yourself to gastronomic delights, cooking demos, wine classes, parties and dining meet-ups with Michelin-starred chefs and fellow food and wine connoisseurs at the fourth annual Food and Wine All-Star Weekend. The culinary celebration launches at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, featuring the cooking demonstration and sake-tasting event Ten Ways to Sushi with Shibuya Executive Chef Heather Zheng. By 8 p.m., splurge on sample delights and refreshing cocktails at the First Course Kick-Off Party. The All-Star Brunch with celebrity chefs opens the Oct. 5 festivities at 11 a.m. If you have a big appetite, dont miss the poolside All-Star Burger Bash with Joel Robuchon and Michael Mina at 1:30 p.m. If youre a wine lover, check out Syrah That Will Change Your Life, led by Master Sommelier Jason Smith at 2 p.m. Satisfy your epicurean cravings with Six-Course Bliss with Joel Robuchon at 7 p.m., then take home his personally signed cookbook. The weekends highlight happens at 7 p.m. with a specialized menu and exemplary wine pairing in A Harvest Dinner with Michael Mina. The food festivities wrap up by the Bellagio fountains on Oct.

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( PHOTOS: 18 times the government has shut down ) The governments food safety functions are far more pressing than the unrealistic demands being made by petulant extremists in the House. The situation at FDA seems critical. The agency is maintaining 55 percent of its 14,779 employees while in shutdown mode, but this includes workers who focus on drugs, tobacco and other nonfood areas, many of which have budgets propped up by industry user fees. Remarkably, the shutdown plan is more generous than the outline floated in 2011, the last time the federal government was facing the brink. Under that plan, the administration deemed only 14 percent of FDAs workforce essential. Still, food safety advocates are very concerned about the direct hit to food safety. ( Also on POLITICO: Senate CR to strip Monsanto rider ) Ceasing routine food inspections is not ideal, experts say, especially because FDA is already so short-staffed compared with the size of its jurisdiction. During the 2012 fiscal year, the agency inspected about 10,000 of the 167,000 domestic food manufacturers. Overseas, it was able to get into 1,300 of the 254,000 food facilities registered with the agency. According to the plan released by the administration, FDA will be unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities. That includes routine food manufacturer inspections, compliance and enforcement of food safety regulations and food import monitoring. When it comes to the CDC, which is operating with 32 percent of its 12,825 employees during the shutdown, health experts worry the disease surveillance system for detecting foodborne illness could be hampered by the loss of personnel. ( Also on POLITICO: Harvard, NRDC: Expire dates key to stopping food waste ) While the public learns of maybe only a dozen high-profile national foodborne illness outbreaks each year, at any given point there are dozens of clusters of illnesses tied to food and investigators try to pinpoint the cause.

From left to right: Shawn McClain, Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Julian Serrano and Jean Philippe Maury

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Halal Guys food cart to open restaurant in East Village

The general manager promises more vegetarian options and, perhaps, a juice bar. By Carol Kuruvilla / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 4:12 PM Comment JOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY Its official! In November, The Halal Guys will be opening up a new restaurant on 14th St. The Halal Guys are heading downtown. The famed food cart, known for the long late-night lines it draws on 53rd St. and 6th Ave., is opening a restaurant in the East Village this November. The new location on 14th St. and 2nd Ave. will feature shish kebabs, more vegetarian options, and a juice bar, according to general manager Hesham Hegazy. RELATED: KING SOUVLAKI OF ASTORIA TO VIE FOR VENDY CUP JOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY The food stand started out as a hot dog cart in 1990, according to general manager Hesham Hegazy. Were working with the interior designer now, Hegazy confirmed to The News, adding that The Guys are planning to add some sparse indoor seating to the venue. The team scouted out the area by opening up a cart on that corner two weeks ago. They chose the East Village for its club scene and NYUs nearby 14th street dorm, Hegazy said. The cart is currently open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., and Hegazy plans to make sure the restaurant stays open for just as long.