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FDA Fines Red Cross For Sloppy Blood Screening

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators are fining the American Red Cross $16 million for sloppy screening of donated blood, the latest in a series of violations that have cost the group millions of dollars.

The Food and Drug Administration says the group failed to take precautions to assure the safety of blood donations. Despite those oversights, the FDA says the U.S. blood supply appears to be safe.

The FDA has cited the Red Cross a dozen times already and fined the group over $21 million since 2003.

Under the terms of a 2003 consent decree, the Red Cross has pledged to investigate and correct its chronic blood safety violations.

The American Red Cross is one of several organizations that collect and manage the nation's blood supply.

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