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When Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Tenn., wanted to start experimenting with alternative grains, there wasn't a playbook to follow. Now, it makes a quinoa-barley whiskey. Ashlie Stevens/WFPL hide caption

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Costco Wholesale requires its food suppliers to undergo annual inspections and requires some produce suppliers to hold shipments until tests come back negative for disease-causing bacteria. Mark Peterson/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Don't Panic: The Government Shutdown Isn't Making Food Unsafe

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Mac 'N' Cheese Lovers: Costco Has Something That Might Interest You

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Craft beer lovers may not see many new brews on the shelves in coming weeks. The government shutdown means new labels can't be approved, delaying the release of new bottled beers. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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New Bottled Brews Delayed By Government Shutdown

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Why The Craft Brewing Industry Is Stalled Amid The Government Shutdown

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Students exercise at a weight-loss summer camp in China's Shandong Province. The government promotes physical activity as the solution to a growing obesity problem. Wang Zhide/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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People were more likely to try mealworms — such as these mealworm chocolate truffles sprinkled with coconut — when the ad focused on taste and experience, a study showed. Oliver Brachat/for NPR hide caption

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Beloved in eastern Asia, especially Japan, persimmons get little respect in the United States, where many tree owners don't bother harvesting their crop. Alastair Bland/for NPR hide caption

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Cheese is packaged for sale at Widmer's Cheese Cellars in 2016 in Theresa, Wis. Record dairy production in the U.S. has produced a record surplus of cheese causing prices to drop. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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This granary weevil has set up shop inside a kernel. Even without wings, these stealthy stowaways — with the help of humans — have managed to infest grains all over the world for thousands of years. Biophoto Associates/Getty Images/Science Source hide caption

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Nick's Cafe owner Nick Andurlakis says his business near the Denver Federal Center has dropped about 20 percent since the partial government shutdown began. He thinks the decrease is due to a combination of the shutdown and the holidays. Dan Boyce/NPR hide caption

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Not Out To Lunch: Businesses That Rely On Federal Workers Suffer The Shutdown

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Fishing trawlers lined up in Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. The Alaska pollock fishery is worth about $750 million each year, and it's scheduled to open Jan. 20. But the heavily regulated industry is facing delays in inspections because of the shutdown. James Brooks/Flickr hide caption

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Government Shutdown May Hamper Alaska's Lucrative Fishing Industry

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Artist Stephanie Shih remembers making pork-filled dumplings with her family and started her art project by sculpting six of them out of porcelain. She's now made 600. Courtesy of Robert Bredvad hide caption

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