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Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.

Address: Rt. 706, Wyalusing PA 18853
Establishment No.: m09400

USDA Inspection Report: 31 Aug 2011

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.1

Citation: At approximately 1115 hours on August 31, 2011 while performing ante mortem cattle inspection at establishment 09400-M, Cargill Regional Beef in Wyalusing, PA, I observed a metal pipe on the gate of pen 29 broken in half with sharp, rusted edges sticking out approximately three inches into the drive alley. This approximately 2.5 inch diameter pipe was the third from the bottom of four horizontal pipes in the gate at approximately 3.5 feet from the floor. Pen 29 is the pen immediately behind the smoke shack and is closest to the serpentine chute. The gate involved separates pen 29 from the drive alley to the serpentine chute, and it faces the side of the building where the unloading dock sits. The protruding sharp metal edges of the broken pipe were approximately in the center of the gate, and animal hair was attached to the sharp metal edges and the internal surface of the broken pipe. Pens Supervisor, Mr. [redacted] was shown the broken pipe and immediately left the area to find a temporary "patch" for the protruding sharp metal. I performed ante mortem inspection on one lot of cows, and then was asked to step into an empty pen with one of the herdsmen. As I did so, I saw another herdsman moving steers down the driveway to the serpentine chute in the area that had the broken pipe. I watched closely to see that none of the cattle were injured by the sharp metal as they scurried past it. I immediately told the herdsmen not to use the driveway anymore because it could cause injury or pain to the animals. This is a noncompliance with the following regulation: 313.1 Livestock pens, driveways and ramps. (a) Livestock pens, driveways and ramps shall be maintained in good repair. They shall be free from sharp or protruding objects which may, in the opinion of the inspector, cause injury or pain to the animals. Loose boards, splintered or broken planking, and unnecessary openings where the head, feet, or legs of an animal may be injured shall be repaired. Mr. [redacted] arrived immediately with materials to temporarily repair the gate. As he repaired the gate, I notified Mr. [redacted] that he was receiving a noncompliance report. After the repair, I determined the area was again safe to drive cattle through. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.

Regulation:

313.1(a) Livestock pens, driveways and ramps shall be maintained in good repair. They shall be free from sharp or protruding objects which may, in the opinion of the inspector, cause injury or pain to the animals. Loose boards, splintered or broken planking, and unnecessary openings where the head, feet, or legs of an animal may be injured shall be repaired.

 

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