Salazar Pushes to Keep Denver FDA Lab Open

Just as reports are coming in about another food contamination case, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar has launched an effort to keep a Denver FDA lab open.

Salazar has introduced an amendment to an existing FDA bill that would require a comprehensive evaluation of the safety impacts of closing any lab, including the one in Denver, before any action could be taken.

Denver’s FDA lab played a key role when spinach was found to be contaminated with e. coli last fall. News broke today of pre-packaged turkey being contaminated with listeria.

“The FDA’s decision to arbitrarily close its Denver lab simply does not make sense,” Salazar said in a press release. “An objective process grounded in public facts is necessary for the public, and for Congress, to feel secure in this decision.”

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