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Southern Quality Meats

Address: 266 W 8th Street Pontotoc, MS 38863
Establishment No.: M17322

Enforcement Report: July 19, 2013

NOTICE of DEFERRAL: 

On July 10, 2013, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued to your establishment, Southern Quality Meats, Est. 17322M, a "Notice of Intended Enforcement (NOIE)." This notice was based on your establishment's failure to handle livestock humanely according to 9 CFR Part 313.

Following the NOIE action on July 10, 2013, you provided FSIS with written corrective and preventative actions in an effort to meet to meet the requirements of the Humane Slaughter Act. The responses received on July 15, 2013 and July 16,2013 did not meet the requirements of the Humane Slaughter Act. Specifically, the first response failed to properly address all aspects of Humane Handling as related to the NOIE action in that it only detailed the immediate corrective actions and did not stipulate in adequate details what your future planned actions and preventive measure would include. The second response failed to match up with the physical realities of your slaughter processes, in that if referenced ritual exempt slaughter practices that you would be employing and did not clearly describe how the prod would be used. Therefore, the NOIE remained in effect.

On July 18, 2013, you submitted a third response with written corrective and preventative actions in an effort to meet the requirements of the Humane Slaughter Act. This response adequately defined corrective actions taken, preventive measures implemented, and future planned actions to be taken. It stipulated that humane handling training of all live animal handlers had been completed, that a new stunning "knock box" would be installed no later than August 5, 2013, that only judicious use of electric prods would be tolerated, that such use would be verified by Management, that monthly audits of the animal welfare program would be performed, and semi-annual animal welfare training would be ongoing, and a complete update of the written animal welfare handling plan utilized by your facility. FSIS analyzed the corrective and preventive measures you provided. The analyis revealed that your submissions were adequately supported and that compliance with the Humane Handling regulations would be achieved by the implementation of your submissions. Therefore, FSIS will defer a decision on any further Enforcement Action pending assessment and verification of your corrective action plan's implementation by FSIS inspection personnel to determine regulatory compliance.

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