Federal officials say there's no evidence of any serious health consequences. But they're still taking action against the American Red Cross for violating blood-safety laws.
The group is being hit with a more-than $4.2 million fine by the Food and Drug Administration. According to the FDA, the problems include failure to follow test procedures and not asking potential donors the appropriate questions.
The Red Cross provides nearly half of America's blood supply. A spokesman didn't immediately comment on what is the largest single penalty the group has been hit with. A 2003 court settlement allows large fines when the Red Cross violates FDA rules.
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