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Musselman's Meats, L.L.C.

Address: 4030 Conrad Weiser Parkway, Womelsdorf, PA 19567
Establishment No.: m08615

USDA Inspection Report: 27 Oct 2010

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.16

Citation: Category VIII: Stunning Effectiveness At approximately 0720 hours, FLS Dr. [redacted] and I were sitting in the inspection office, which is located about 5 feet from the stun box, and we heard the rifle go off to stun the first animal, a 300 plus pound market hog. This size hog is larger than market hogs they usually slaughter and the establishment decided to use the rifle instead of the captive bolt as larger hogs can be difficult to stun due to the larger/thicker skull. After the shot was made, we heard the employee that stuns make a comment which led me to believe that the animal was not rendered unconscious by the first shot. I went out of the office over to the knock box and saw the employee re-loading the rifle so that he could stun the animal. The animal was not vocalizing and was not demonstrating any behavior that led me to believe that he was in pain. Due to the animal's lack of behavioral signs and because I could not see his skull to see where the shot had been placed ( the animal had his head turned towards his right flank). I had to ask the employee if the shot went off and if he had hit the animal. He told me that the gun had fired and he had hit the animal. The animal was in a non-squeezable chute large enough to hold cattle. The back of the chute is the drop down door that allows the animal to enter the chute. One side of the chute is the building wall and the opposite side is a solid door that swings open. The front of the chute is composed of four metal 2 inch poles poles about 4 inches apart. The establishment was using an old door to slide between the poles that makes the chute smaller but does not prevent the animal from moving backwards three or so feet nor does it prevent them from moving their heads. The animal was not unconscious and due to its being improperly restrained, it took the employee about one minute to take his corrective actions of re-stunning the animal because he had to wait until the animal moved its head into a position that he could stun it properly. This second shot effectively rendered the animal unconscious. Inspector [redacted] and I inspected the head of the animal and noted there were two gun shot wounds, one was directly over the left eye and the other one was at the bisection of two lines drawn from the medial canthus of the eye to the opposite ear. Regulatory control tag, tag number B34586494, was placed on the knock box (chute). Regulatory control was in effect for approximately 1.5 hours until the establishment provided appropriate corrective actions. Mr. [redacted] Plant Manager, was verbally notified of the non-compliance. The establishment is not complying with 9CFR 313.16.


313.16 The slaughtering of cattle, calves, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, and other equines by shooting with firearms and the handling in connection therewith, in compliance with the provisions contained in this section, are hereby designated and approved as humane methods of slaughtering and handling of such animals under the Act.


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