CDC chief promises fixes to lax safety standards at federal labs

July 16, 2014 7:22 PM

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CDC chief promises fixes to lax safety standards at federal labs

WASHINGTON – Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called a pattern of recently-discovered safety lapses -- including a mishandling of live anthrax and an incident involving a strain of bird flu at the Atlanta-based health agency -- “deeply troubling” and vowed to fix the issues.

Frieden told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that the incidents “should have never happened” and called the lack of adequate procedures and oversight that allowed them to take place “totally unacceptable.”

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