CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — While the government remains shut down in Washington D.C, Taylor’s Sausage Inc. in Cave Junction is still up and running.
Owner Terry Taylor said initially he thought the inspectors would be impacted by the federal shut down, but the position is deemed essential.
“They are actually working on kind of an ‘I.O.U.’ program, they’re getting vouchers that they’ll be able to cash in once the government starts back up again,” said Taylor.
Taylor said while the products can continue to be produced the shut down does impact how quickly they get out the door and onto store shelves.
“We’ll still be able to export stuff, we just won’t have the assistance in setting up markets and helping out with that,” said Taylor.
Taylor lobbied to add one more inspector earlier this year because he hoped to expand production to another shift. In May, he got his wish, and now is glad that the inspectors are sticking around.
The U.S.D.A is responsible for the safety of meat, poultry and egg products, while the F.D.A. regulates all other foods. Direct functions excepted to ensure that the nation’s commercial supply of meat and poultry products is safe will continue.