FDA Eyes Better Regulation of Body Parts Industry

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WASHINGTON (AP) - With two body parts scandals in the course of a year, federal health officials are looking at whether the industry needs better oversight.

The Food and Drug Administration now has a task force studying the way it regulates trading in human tissues and organs. It'll look at whether more needs to be done to protect the public's health, while ensuring that those products are available and are safe.

New rules took effect last year, but since then there have been a couple of very troubling stories. This month, a North Carolina company was shut by the FDA, which found problems in everything from record-keeping to screening of donors.

And a now-defunct New Jersey company allegedly took bones, skin and other matter from corpses without telling anyone. Authorities say the body of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke was among the corpses plundered.