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USA Today reports this morning that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has struck a bargain with the nation's veal industry that will permit calves given a synthetic - and illegal - growth hormone to be sold as long as 63 days have passed since the use of the hormone.

The hormone, which is described as being half the size of a Tic-Tac, reportedly is placed under the calf's skin behind the ear; the drug is slowly released into the calf's bloodstream, making it grow faster. There were reports last Friday that between 80 and 90 percent of all the veal calves raised in the Us had been given the growth hormone.

While FDA is saying that the calves can be sold after 63 days, it also is reminding the industry that it is illegal. "The illegal use of hormones to promote growth in animals has no place in American farming," said acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford.

However, the use of the growth hormones apparently is legal in beef cattle, because there is sufficient time for the hormone to leave the cow's system.

Veal calves usually are slaughtered at 20 weeks of age, while beef cattle are slaughtered at 18 months.
KC's View:
Mrs. Content Guy hasn't eaten veal in 20 years. This story isn’t likely to change her mind.

Wonder how many consumers there are like her?