Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Emerick's Meat & Pkg Co., Inc.

Address: 1966 Hyndman Rd, Hyndman PA, 15545
Establishment No.: m4607

USDA Inspection Report: 21 Jun 2012

Code: 01D01
Violation: 416.2(b)(3), 416.2(d)

Citation:           On Thursday June 21, 2012 at approximately 09:00 hours, I was conducting the PHIS task of SPS of the facility and giving my SPHV the tour for her humane Handling task the following non compliances were observed.[newline]     1)  We opened the closed single  door of the animal holding pen area to perform an inspection.  Immediately upon opening the door, a strong ammonia odor was detectable.  The ammonia odor was strong enough to immediately induce a burning sensation in the nose of the SPHV inspector.  One of the animal pens held two beef cattle in the one pen.  A small amount of straw was distributed at the end of the pen where the filled water bucket was located.  However, the floor was primarily bare and appeared wet.  One animal was observed urinating onto a pooled area of wetness on the floor.  The ammonia odor was determined to be emanating from this pen.  The exhaust fan, located on the back wall in the upper corner of the holding pen area, was operating at the time of this inspection.  Because all the other unoccupied pens were clean, dry, with no odor detectable, we concluded that the floor of the occupied animal pen was wet with urine.  We also concluded that the ammonia odor was due to lack of sufficient ventilation coupled with insufficient frequency of cleaning/sanitizing the animal pen area to remove accumulated urine.  This is in violation of regulation 416.2(d) which states that “Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of the product and the creation of insanitary conditions”[newline]2)                  There wer also flies coming in from around the door  that comes from the holding pens into the kill floor. The fly stips had an abundance of dead flies. This is in violation of regulation 416.2(b)(3) which states that” Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows,and other outside openings mustbe constructed and maintained to preventthe entrance of vermin, such asflies, rats, and mice.”  [newline] [newline]I then proceeded to notify Mr. who is the Slaughter manager of the noncompliance.  I then checked for similar noncompliances of the same root cause for the past 90 days and found none.   [newline]With this document the establishment will have been notified verbally and in writing.


416.2(b)(3) Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and other outside openings must be constructed and maintained to prevent the entrance of vermin, such as flies, rats, and mice.

416.2(d) Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.


Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 1 Mar 2012

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