University Of Houston Receives Official Warning From USDA

Due to primate’s death in one of the research labs.

The University of Houston has received an “Official Warning” letter from the USDA. It stems from the death of a primate in one of the labs earlier this year.

The monkey died last March from dehydration. Two others recovered. The university says the incident happened after the monkeys closed a cage divider and disconnected a water source.   

In e-mails, university officials say the National Institutes of Health was made aware of the incident under the school’s self-reporting policy. That agency is funding the research.

A USDA inspection report says the university has taken corrective action. But the warning letter says if the university fails to comply with federal guidelines in the future, the school could face fines up to $10,000 per violation.

The monkey that died in March is the third animal to die at the University of Houston lab since 2012.  Other universities around the country have also been cited for primate deaths.

The University of Houston declined to make someone available for an on-air interview.



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