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North Mountain Butcher Shop

Address: 4722 Enola Rd, Newville PA, 17241
Establishment No.: m4788

USDA Inspection Report: 19 Aug 2010

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.16

Citation: Humane Handling Category XVIII, Stunning Effectiveness. 9 CFR 313.16(a)(1), 9 CFR 313.16(b)(iv). On August 19th, 2010 at approximately 0845 the following non-compliance was observed: While conducting a humane handling stunning task with myself, DVMS and SPHV present, a very large steer was in the knocking pen to be stunned. Given the size and temperament of this steer, Plant Owner Glenn Finkenbinder chose to use a .22 caliber rifle to stun the animal with as opposed to using the captive bolt gun which he felt would be ineffective in rendering it unconscious. Having delivered the first shot, this steer did not drop. It took Mr. multiple attempts to stun the animal to render proper unconsciousness. I issued U.S Reject tag #B28357026 for the knocking pen. Immediately after stunning, Mr. stated that he acknowledges that this caliber of rifle is not effective for this type of animal and he would have a higher caliber rifle on hand to eliminate this problem in the future. The reject tag was rescinded and the slaughter operation was permitted to continue.

Regulation:

313.16(a)(1) The firearms shall be employed in the delivery of a bullet or projectile into the animal in accordance with this section so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animal by a single shot before it is shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. The animal shall be shot in such a manner that they will be rendered unconscious with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.

 

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