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The DoD has made only 18 of 35 proposed changes designed to enhance lab security, the report says.
Some common products like turkey breasts and pork chops don't even have standards, the report says.
Of $1.6 billion appropriated, $412 million has been targeted to 131 projects.
Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.
Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.
Establishing an effective diagnostics protocol for Zika testing is of utmost importance, the GAO says.
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