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JBS Tolleson, Inc.
Address: 651 South 91st Ave., Tolleson, AZ 85353
Establishment No.: 00267 M or M267
USDA Inspection Report: 27 May 2011
At 0820, Dr. was performing Ante Mortem inspection and the following deficiency was observed: Dr. was given a "pen card" for pen 8, he proceeded to the pen to perform Ante Mortem inspection. The "pen card" stated that 4 animals were to obtain Ante Mortem, when Dr. arrived at the pen only 3 animals were present. The inaccurate count of the number of animals in the pen according to the number of animals on the "pen card" violates 9 CFR 307.2(a), which indicates that establishments must provide an adequate system for the identification of animals. Establishment identification cards are commonly used. They are referred to by plant personnel as "pen cards" or "drive cards." These must be presented to the inspector before ante mortem inspection is performed. The purpose of these cards is to account for all animals in the pen prior to ante mortem inspection, to ensure that every animal that comes to slaughter has received ante mortem inspection. There are spaces on the pen card for the date, the pen number and lot number, the species, the breed, the number of animals, the inspector's signature, and the time of day the animals were inspected. It is the responsibility of the plant to provide adequate, competent employees to move, segregate, identify and dispose of animals, that is also indicated in 9 CFR 307.2. The Agency's authority for conducting ante mortem inspection can be traced to the statues. The authority for conducting ante mortem inspection in livestock is found in 21 U.S. Code, Chapter 12, Section 603, of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA). This Non-Compliance was reported to by Dr.____ A review of Non-Compliance Records for the last 90 days revealed no similar findings with the root cause.
307.2 Other facilities and conditions to be provided by the
When required by the circuit supervisor, the following facilities and conditions, and such others as may be found to be essential to efficient conduct of inspection and maintenance of sanitary conditions, shall be provided by each official establishment: