Title: Unauthorized Biological Agents Found at Reedley Lab Company, Universal Meditech and Prestige Biotech
Subtitle: Investigation Uncovers Illegal Activities and Safety Concerns in Fresno
(Author’s Name), (Date) – Reedley lab company, Universal Meditech and Prestige Biotech, has come under scrutiny after unauthorized biological agents were found on-site, leading to the shutdown of the facility. The discovery has raised concerns about the company’s operations and their compliance with safety regulations.
Recently revealed information indicates that Universal Meditech had previously operated in Fresno. In August 2018, the company moved into a building on East Fortune Avenue. However, their time in Fresno was marred with incidents that have raised eyebrows in retrospect.
In August 2020, a fire broke out at the Fresno location, and during the investigation, the Fresno Fire Department discovered unpermitted lab walls and electrical wiring. Furthermore, city and county inspections faced limitations between 2020 and 2022 due to the pandemic. However, in November 2021, inspections were finally conducted at Universal Meditech’s building.
During this inspection, the CEO of Universal Meditech informed city officials of a dispute with the landlord, and the company subsequently vacated the building. It was only then that Reedley officials discovered the lab’s existence in Reedley and the presence of unauthorized biological agents.
In an attempt to continue operations, the company sought to move into a warehouse and office space on North Blattella Lane in Fresno. Unfortunately for Universal Meditech, the city raised concerns regarding the submitted paperwork. The city requires the appropriate documentation, including a comprehensive list of hazardous materials and their handling, before evaluating or approving the company’s request.
Court documents obtained during the investigation have revealed even more disturbing findings. The lab was producing illegal pregnancy and COVID-19 tests, further questioning the company’s ethics and compliance with regulations. Additionally, inspection findings included 178 deceased mice and 773 mice that had to be euthanized, along with a significant amount of mice excrement scattered on the lab floor.
Moreover, a state waste investigation uncovered the presence of freezers containing containers labeled as serum or plasma, as well as containers with the name of an infectious agent. These discoveries raise serious concerns about the lab’s handling of potential biohazards and the potential environmental impact.
The recent developments surrounding Universal Meditech and Prestige Biotech serve as a stark reminder of the importance of proper regulation and oversight within the biomedical industry. It remains to be seen how authorities will address the violations committed by the company and what steps will be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.
As investigations continue, concerned citizens and stakeholders eagerly await further updates on the actions taken against Universal Meditech and Prestige Biotech, in order to ensure the safety of the local community and the integrity of the bioengineering field.
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