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FDA issues safety alert on pregnancy tests after bust on illegal medical lab

Enlarge / A picture of containers taken from the illegal UMI lab in Reedley, California. (credit: FCDPH) The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use any at-home tests made by Universal Meditech, Inc. (UMI), the company behind an illegal medical lab hidden in a warehouse in the small city of Reedley, California. The lab was shut down earlier this year by local, state, and federal agencies, which are still working to clear the site, properly dispose of all its hazardous contents, and investigate those responsible. “UMI has notified the FDA that it has stopped all operations and

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Officials bust illegal lab containing 20 infectious agents, hundreds of lab mice

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Portland Press Herald ) Local and federal authorities have shut down what seems to be an illegal medical lab hidden in a California warehouse that contained nearly 1,000 laboratory mice, hundreds of unknown chemicals, refrigerators and freezers, vials of biohazardous materials, including blood, incubators, and at least 20 infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2, HIV, and a herpes virus. According to NBC News affiliate KSEE of Fresno, local authorities were first tipped off to the unlicensed facility when a local code enforcement officer noticed that a garden hose was illegally attached to the back of the building. That

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