EBT food stamp debit cards are working again.

A routine test of the backup system by vendor Xerox Corporation caused the system to fail Saturday for people in 17 states, including Louisiana.

A spokesperson with U.S. Department of Agriculture pointed out that the situation was in no way related to the government shutdown.

Other states affected were Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.