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Address: 922 Country Rt 53, Brasher Falls, NY, 13613
Establishment No.: m4499
USDA Inspection Report: 24 Apr 2012
Violation: 313.15, 313.16
Citation: At 1450 while standing on the kill floor, I heard the pop of a captive bolt gun fire. I looked over to see the Kill Floor Manager (Mr. ) standing over a market hog in the back of the kill floor pen. The hog was not rendered insensible and was not knocked down. A small amount of blood was seen on the head. The employee immediately walked over to where the backup .357 firearm was kept, retrieved it and delivered one shot into the skull of the hog. Mr. reported that at the last moment the hog moved its head. This is non-compliance with 9 CFR 313.15(a) and the establishment’s own verification plan of April 24, 2012 which states that [redacted]; SPHV observed the skull and noted a small ~1 cm hole in the right lateral aspect of the skull approximately 3 cm from the correct stunning location. There was a second hole, approximately 2-3 cm in diameter, in the correct location for hog stunning, consistent with a .357 magnum entry wound.[newline]Similar non-compliances were documented on 3/15/2012, 4/23/2012 and 4/16/2012 the last of which was documented under NR# LPA0711041017N. The further planned corrective action that was verbally proffered for NR# LPA0711041017N of always using the knocking box for all hog stunning was not implemented. As always you have the right to appeal.
313.15(a) Application of stunners, required effect; handling. (1) The captive bolt stunners shall be applied to the livestock in accordance with this section so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animals before they are shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. The animals shall be stunned in such a manner that they will be rendered unconscious with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.
313.16(a) Utilization of firearms, required effect; handling. (1) The firearms shall be employed in the delivery of a bullet or projectile into the animal in accordance with this section so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animal by a single shot before it is shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. The animal shall be shot in such a manner that they will be rendered unconscious with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.