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FDA labs stay open

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell says an Aug. 17 decision by FDA to not proceed with reorganization plans that include closing seven of its field labs will maintain an "essential part of protecting consumers and ensuring the safety of our nation's food and drug supply." FDA has called off plans to close seven of its 13 labs as part of the Office of Regulatory Affairs reorganization it announced in March, Dingell and fellow Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak, Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee chairman, say in a release (1"The Tan Sheet" March 26, 2007, p. 5). The House has passed legislation with FDA's fiscal 2008 appropriations with an amendment from Stupak that prohibits the agency from using any of the funding to pay for closing its field labs or ORA district offices...

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