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Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 12 Mar 2012

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.15

Citation: On March 12, 2012 at approximately 1100 hours while verifying HATS category VIII that establishment M9400 has effective stunning methods in place for the slaughter of Slow Cattle, an establishment employee failed to render one slow cow unconscious with the initial application of the captive bolt stunner being used. Upon the first discharge of the captive bolt in this case, the cows head moved slightly to the right leaving a hole approximately one inch to the left of midline and approximately one and one half inch toward the muzzle below where the ideal spot would be for an effective stun. The cow flinched in pain when hit by this ineffective stun, remained standing, did not vocalize, and attempted to move backwards but was unable to because she was secured to the pen gate via an approximately three foot length of rope at the end of a rope halter. A second establishment employee was present to hand the first establishment employee a second loaded captive bolt stunner which was immediately used to render the cow insensible as determined by its falling to the floor and its wide open blank eyes. The first establishment employee delivered a third discharge of the captive bolt stunner to the forehead of this cow in an effective location. To assure the cow was insensible, the first pens employee reached down and lightly tapped one eye with no response from the cow. I verified the cow was insensible by repeating the eye tap with no response from the cow. I lifted the cows head to verify where the captive bolt had made the three different holes in the skull and where they were placed. I notified the Pens Supervisor, Mr. [redacted] of the noncompliance with 9 CFR 313.15. The establishment has a good history of consistently rendering Slow Cattle insensible with one discharge of a captive bolt stunner. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


313.15 The slaughtering of sheep, swine, goats, calves, cattle, horses, mules, and other equines by using captive bolt stunners 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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