Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Nicholas Meats, L.L.C.

Address: 72 Barrville Rd, Belleville, PA 17004
Establishment No.: m4465

USDA Inspection Report: 30 Apr 2012

Code: 06D02
Violation: 310.2, 310.3, 310.4

Citation: On 30 April 2012, at approximately 1500 hrs, I was called to the floor to perform a post-mortem disposition of a dairy cow, with US Retained tag number MPD50189452 affixed to the carcass.  During my examination of the carcass, I asked to see the retained viscera.  The viscera was removed from a red barrel and at least two livers and two pairs of lungs were observed in the visceral remains.  My examination of the organ systems of the visceral remains of multiple cattle did not reveal a condemnable condition.  One set of lungs did contain a localised pneumonia, and no other conditions were noted, so the carcass was passed without a KIS test.  All organ systems were condemned.  Supervisor, was notified of the noncompliance as I performed the disposition.  No product was retained for the reasons identified above (e.g., carcass passed and ALL viscera condemned).  The establishment is not in compliance with the following regulations:  9 CFR 310.2; 9 CFR 310.3; & 9 CFR 310.4.


310.2(a) The head, tail, tongue, thymus gland, and all viscera of each slaughtered animal, and all blood and other parts of such animal to be used in the preparation of meat food products or medical products, shall be handled in such a manner as to identify them with the rest of the carcass and as being derived from the particular animal involved, until the post-mortem examination of the carcass and parts thereof has been completed. Such handling shall include the retention of ear tags, backtags, implants, and other identifying devices affixed to the animal, in such a way to relate them to the carcass until the post-mortem examination has been completed.

310.3 Each carcass, including all detached organs and other parts, in which any lesion or other condition is found that might render the meat or any part unfit for food purposes, or otherwise adulterated, and which for that reason would require a subsequent inspection, shall be retained by the Program employee at the time of inspection. The identity of every such retained carcass, detached organ, or other part shall be maintained until the final inspection has been completed. Retained carcasses shall not be washed or trimmed unless authorized by the Program employee.

310.4 Such devices and methods as may be approved by the Administrator may be used for the temporary identification of retained carcasses, organs, and other parts. In all cases, the identification shall be further established by affixing ‘‘U.S. Retained’’ tags as soon as practicable and before final inspection. These tags shall not be removed except by a Program employee.


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