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Sponsors of Growth Hormone Products Change Labels

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter January/February 2004 Volume XIX, No 6

Sponsors of growth-promoting hormone products for use in cattle have relabeled their products to remind producers that the use of the hormones in veal calves is illegal.

The Center for Veterinary Medicine reported in January that drug sponsors had submitted 16 supplemental applications to update the labels on their approved products to indicate that the products should not be used for veal calves.

The products are implants and contain hormones that are slowly released in the animal’s system to enhance growth.