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Larue Meat Processing

Address: 1908 Water Level Rd, Somerset PA, 15501
Establishment No.: m09443

USDA Inspection Report: 27 Jul 2010

Code: 04C02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.4(a), 416.4(b), 313.15

Citation: HATS Category VIII - Stunning Effectiveness While performing the Stunning Effectiveness (HAT category VIII) component of a 04C02 during a humane handling visit with the DVMS, the following noncompliance was observed. A beef cow was stunned in the knock box with a hand-held captive bolt, and the placement of the stun appeared correct. The animal rolled out of the knock box and was shackled and hung, and then the DMVS checked the animal for consciousness. There was eye blinking and the tongue was not hanging out of the mouth, although the neck was limp and there was no righting reflex. Establishment personnel restunned the cow, and the stunning was effective. The eyes became fixed and dilated, and the tongue was hanging limply out of the mouth. The knock box was tagged with US Rejected No. B35534943, and further slaughter was stopped for the day. Plant owner Lou Sredy had a correlation meeting with DVMS Dr. [redacted] SPHV Dr. [redacted] and Relief IIC [redacted] to discuss the situation. Slaughter activities will not resume until corrective actions are proposed to the IIC. This is a violation of 313.15(a), "(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." I checked the NR file, and no recent noncompliance's of this nature were found in the last 60 days. Further noncompliance's could result in additional regulatory and/or administrative action as specified in 9 CFR 500.4. You are hereby advised of your right to appeal under 9 CFR 305.6.

Regulation:

416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOPís.

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

313.15(a)(1) 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.
Application of stunners, required effect; handling.  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.

 

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