You have to question the wisdom of furloughing employees of California's Department of Public Health during the ongoing four-alarm salmonella outbreak. Yet the staffers were among the thousands who were forced to skip work on Friday.
At least schools and other foodservice facilities could look for assistance on the department's website.
The Division of Workers' Compensation, another agency known to many California restaurateurs, was also shut for the day.
Governor Schwarzenegger ordered the two-days-a-month furloughs as a way of contending with the state's gaping financial deficit. The next furlough day is set for the second Friday from now.