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Herfurth Brothers

Address: Route 209, Gilbert, PA 18331
Establishment No.: m09465

USDA Inspection Report: 17 Jun 2011

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.1

Citation: ***HATS CATEGORY IV & VII: HANDLING DURING ANTEMORTEM & OBSERVATION FOR SLIPS & FALLS*** On 17 June 2011, at approximately 0915 hrs, whilst performing an unscheduled ISP procedure code 04C02, I observed the antemortem handling of roaster swine in the stunning area, and assessed slips and falls. At the time of my observations, 14 roaster swine were observed in this area. I noted that in the rear corner of the stunning area, there is a black PVC pipe sheared off at floor level, resulting in a hole in the floor, as measured with a ruler, approximately 4 cm in diameter and in excess of 15 cm deep. At the time of my observations, no swine were observed stepping into this hole and slipping and falling; however, a similar such scenario could result if current conditions remain. Upon my identification of this noncompliance, US Rejected/US Retained tag number B8919421 was affixed to this area and [redacted] was notified of this noncompliance. The establishment moved the 14 swine out of the area and temporarily plugged this hole pending more permanent and effective measures. At this point (approximately 0925 hrs), I removed my US Rejected/US Retained tag and released the area. The establishment is not in compliance with the following regulation: 9 CFR 313.1(a), which states the following: "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."

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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