FDA’s Planned Lab Closings Draw More Questions From Congress
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
House Democrats are seeking to deny FDA funding to implement its plan to close seven field labs, saying the changes would "drastically undercut" the agency's food safety oversight capabilities
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FDA's Aug. 1 decision to temporarily suspend plans to close seven of its 13 field laboratories as part of its Office of Regulatory Affairs reorganization follows repeated protests and inquiries from Capitol Hill, including a July 31 letter from two of the proposal's chief critics
House Energy and Commerce leaders say FDA's plan to close several labs - including its only facility testing for radiological contaminants - is a threat to national security, while an FDA district chief says problems are likely to hinder the agency's work early in the planned reorganization
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., says he is "shocked to learn" FDA would cut its laboratory analyst staffing as part of its planned lab closings at a time of growing threats to U.S. food safety