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House Bill Would Stifle FDA's Plan To Close Labs

Law360 (July 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have reportedly introduced a measure that would stop the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from closing more than half of its field laboratories.

Under the provision, which passed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday as part of the agriculture and FDA appropriations bill, funds for closing seven of the FDA's 13 labs will be withheld “pending further review,” the Associated Press reported.

The field labs analyze, test and monitor drugs, medical devices, foreign counterfeit pharmaceuticals, food, pesticide residuals and...
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