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Bingman Packing Co.

Address: 165 5th Ave, Berlin, PA, 15530
Establishment No.: m09696

USDA Inspection Report: 7 Jul 2010

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.1

Citation: HATS Category IV- Handling During Ante mortem Inspection. At approximately 0830 hours while performing 04C02 procedure and verifying HATS Category Handling During Ante mortem Inspection I observed the following noncompliance. 1. In the alleyway adjacent to the chute to the knocking pen there is an approximately 4 inches wide, 12 inches long and 3 inch deep hole in the floor. This hole may cause an animal loose its footing on the floor. No animal was observed getting injured. No withholding action was taken since the establishment took immediate corrective action by filling the hole. 2. In the first pen there is an approximate 18 by 18 inch opening in the back wall for manure removal. The plant owner informed me that there was a door over the opening which is missing now. The hole may allow for an animal with horns to possibly become trapped. In the lower corner in the same pen there is an approximately a 12 by 12 inch opening in the wall by the floor, which could allow for an animal's head become trapped. No withholding action was taken because no animals with horns were present at this time and plant owner agreed to make corrections prior to using this pen. 3. A pen on the right side in the back has a few broken boards on the floor and an exposed nail in the door of the pen, which could cause injury to the animal. This pen is not in use currently and is used during heavy slaughter season. Plant agreed to make corrections before next use; therefore no regulatory control action was taken. This is a noncompliance with the 9 CFR 313.1 (a) and (b) which states: (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. (b) Floors of livestock pens, ramps, and driveways shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide good footing for livestock. Slip resistant or waffled floor surfaces, cleated ramps and the use of sand, as appropriate, during winter months are examples of acceptable construction and maintenance. Joe Bingman, Owner, was informed about this noncompliance verbally and in writing with this document. This document serves as a written notification that failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action. You are hereby advised of your right to appeal this decision as delineated by 306.5 of 9CFR.

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.

313.1(b) Floors of livestock pens, ramps, and driveways shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide good footing for livestock. Slip resistant or waffled floor surfaces, cleated ramps and the use of sand, as appropriate, during winter months are examples of acceptable conctruction and maintenance.

 

Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 18 Aug 2010

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