Lawmakers Summon Top Officials on Accidental Anthrax Delivery

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are demanding a briefing from government officials over the accidental shipment of live anthrax.

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it accidentally shipped live anthrax spores to labs in as many as nine states. The labs had been expecting dead anthrax.

Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and ranking member Frank Pallone, D-N.J., sent letters Thursday to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden and Defense Secretary Ash Carter, saying that the live anthrax delivery to nine states, “raise serious safety concerns,” about the protocols followed for handling dangerous pathogens.

It’s not the first time the committee has questioned government handling of biological agents.

Last year, the panel’s subcommittee on oversight and investigations investigated the CDC’s handling of anthrax, smallpox and avian influenza.