Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Gold Medal Packing

Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965

USDA Inspection Report: 13 Jul 2010

Code: 06D01
Violation:  314.3

Citation: On multiple occasions I have asked the employee in the antemortem pens who is responsible for denaturing the dead calves, to come and get an FSIS employee in the office so we can observe that procedure each day. If we are out in the pens making observations on humane handling or performing antemortem, then the employee obviously does not need to come and get one of us. Our observations of denaturing have been hit or miss because we have been unaware of when this procedure was being done.The denaturant is kept in a plastic milk jug by a desk in the antemortem pens. As part of an ongoing 06D01, I made note of the denaturant level in this container on the afternoon of June 30th.July There have been 3 slaughter days since that observation - July 1st, July 2nd and July 12th. The level of denaturant in the container remained the same. Furthermore, the needle on the end of the syringe typically used was bent in exactly the same fashion on July 2nd and July 12th. The bend in the needle rendered it useless. Clearly the dead calves had been loaded onto a truck without being denatured for several days. This is in viollation of 9 CFR 314.3, which states that (a) Carcasses, parts of carcasses, and other products condemned at an official establishment that has no facilities for tanking shall except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section or elsewhere in this part, be destroyed in the presence of an inspector by incineration, or denatured with crude carbolic acid, or cresylic disinfectant, or a formula consisting of one part FD&C No. 3 green coloring, 40 parts water, 40 parts liquid detergent, and 40 parts oil of citronella or any other proprietary material approved by the administrator in specific cases. When such product is to be denatured, it shall be freely slashed before the denaturing agent is applied, except that, in the case od dead animals that have not been dressed, the denaturant be applied by injection. The denaturant must be deposited in all portions of the carcass or product to the extent necessary to preclude its use for food purposes.

Regulation:

314.3(a) Carcasses, parts of carcasses, and other products condemned at an official establishment which has no facilities for tanking shall, except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section or elsewhere in this part, be destroyed in the presence of an inspector by incineration, or denatured with crude carbolic acid, or cresylic disinfectant, or a formula consisting of one part FD&C No. 3 green coloring, 40 parts water, 40 parts liquid detergent, and 40 parts oil of citronella or any other proprietary material approved by the Administrator in specific cases. When such product is to be denatured, it shall be freely slashed before the denaturing agent is applied, except that, in the case of dead animals that have not been dressed, the denaturant may be applied by injection. The denaturant must be deposited in all portions of the carcass or product to the extent necessary to preclude its use for food purposes.

 

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