In the midst of a public furor over the closure of numerous food-testing labs, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it would rescind plans to close vital field labs that were employed in keeping the nation’s food supply safe. The decision was made public in a letter to FDA employees by Margaret Glavin, the FDA’s Associate Commissioner for the Office of Regulatory Affairs.
The government agency had initially announced that it planned to close at least seven labs around the country that were responsible for oversight of potential contaminants in the food supply. Legislator outcry about the FDA’s recent Chinese seafood lax oversight, among other lapses, has given the agency reason to reconsider the closure of the field labs.
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