Ground broken for research facility

August 30, 1994

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke ground yesterday for a state-of-the-art animal drug research facility scheduled to open in 1997.

The facility on Muirkirk Road will consolidate FDA installations now in more than two dozen locations across the Washington area, and is part of the agency's $900 million consolidation plans for Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

The new complex is being built next to an existing food safety lab. FDA officials have said much of the research in the labs involves large animals, such as cattle and sheep, and drugs that are used to treat them.

The FDA determines if any substance that animals ingest presents a danger to humans when the animals or products they produce are consumed as food.

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