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Eklund Processing

Address: 56 Railroad Avenue, Stamford, NY 12167
Establishment No.: m901

Enforcement Report: April 18, 2013

NOTICE of SUSPENSION HELD in ABEYANCE:

This letter confirms verbal notification to you on April 17, 2013, at 1630 by Dr. Larry Davis, Deputy District Manager (DDM), Philadelphia District Office, of our decision to place the Notice of Suspension (NOS), issued to your firm on April 16, 2013, in abeyance. FSIS is providing you with this Notice of Suspension Held in Abeyance based on your establishment's proposed corrective actions and preventative measures. FSIS determined that the suspension action will be placed in abeyance and the assignment of inspection will resume, pending FSIS verification of the adequacy of your humane handling program in achieving regulatory compliance. FSIS will be verifying your actions to ensure that your establishment effectively implements the proffered corrective actions and preventative measures. This letter provides you with the chronology of events and conclusions, including your responsibility.

On April 16, 2013, after we were informed of an egregious humane handling incident at your establishment, FSIS issued a Notice of Suspension to withhold the marks of inspection and suspend the assignment of inspectors for your slaughter operation. This action was initiated, in accordance with Title 9 of the Code of Federal Regulation (9 CFR) Part 500.3(b), after FSIS determined that your establishment failed to handle animals humanely, in volation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) [21 U.S.C 603] and 9 CFR 313.2.

In response to the suspension, you submitted corrective actions and preventive measures on April 16, 2013 via e-mail. FSIS requested further clarification to your proposed actions and you then submitted  further corrective actions on April 17, 2013. FSIS carefully reviewed your submissions. Based on your complete submission of proffered corrective actions and preventative measures dated April 17, 2013, we placed the suspension in abeyance and allowed inspection operations to resume. The suspension action will remain in abeyance pending FSIS verification that your proposed corrective and preventice measures were implemented and effective in ensuring future regulatory compliance and preventing inhumane treatment of animals.

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