A huge salmonella outbreak forces some furloughed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers back on the job.
"It's critical that we get some of these people back working for us on foodborne outbreaks", says CDC spokesperson Barbara Reynolds.
The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the CDC have been working on tracking the outbreak. It was a difficult job with so few workers on the job as a result of the partial government shutdown.
Reynolds says they've always had the authority to bring staff back if they believe there is an eminent threat to life and safety.
Reynolds says, "We've weakened the systems that protect Americans from all kinds of health threats."
She says the salmonella tainted chicken has sickened 278 people in eighteen states. Most of the cases are in California. There are no cases in Georgia.