Putting Glass Walls on Connecticut Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors:
Big Dog Meats, LLC
Address: 85 Prindle Rd, West Haven, CT 06516
Establishment No.: M5297
USDA Inspection Report: 29 May 2012
Violation: 416.4(d), 416.2(b)(3)
Today on 5/29/2012 at approximately 0230 while performing regular carcass inspection duties I observed the following Sanitation Performance Standard noncompliance:
A small bird came into the production room from the animal holding area. The bird flew around the kill floor, and then went into the large holding cooler. Plant management immediately opened the large exit doors and chased the bird out of the building. There were twenty-four lambs and eighteen goats in the holding cooler. I rejected the cooler with U.S.Rejected tag 2175643 placed at the cooler door as a Control Action. No product or food contact surfaces were seen affected.
I observed Plant manager and one employee come into the cooler to perform a visual inspection of all the carcasses that were processed today. I also observed plant employees washing and sanitizing any areas that were near where the bird had traveled. A large ladder was brought into the plant so that management could do a thorough inspection of all the overhead rails. I released the cooler after observing the establishment restore sanitary conditions to the facility.
Doors and walls need to be maintained to prevent the entrance of vermin according to 9 CFR part 416.2(b)(3).
The presence of vermin in the processing environment is a noncompliance with 9 CFR part 416.4(d).
Continued failure to meet regulatory requirements can lead to enforcement actions as described in 9 CFR Part 500.
416.2(b)(3) Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and other outside openings must be constructed and maintained to prevent the entrance of vermin, such as flies, rats, and mice.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.