WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a Maryland veal calf dealer has agreed to close his business after repeatedly violating federal food laws.
The FDA said William Nickle violated regulations by selling veal calves with illegal drug residues in their edible tissues. He agreed to shut down as part of a permanent injunction and consent decree issued by a Baltimore U.S. District Court judge.
“Nickle’s business sold about 1,200 calves a year,” the FDA said in a statement. “The federal government’s complaint was based, in part, on Nickle’s illegal administration of flunixin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Illegal residues of the drug were found by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in calves Nickle sold for human consumption. In recent years, Nickle had received numerous oral and written warnings from both the FDA and the USDA.”
Officials said the sale of animals for human food that might contain illegal levels of drugs is a concern because of the potential for adverse effects on human health.
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