Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Joe Pagliuso & Bros., Inc., New York

Address: 6845 N. Slocum Rd, Ontario, NY 14519
Establishment No.: m4253

USDA Inspection Report: 18 Jan 2011

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.16

Citation: At approximately 1100 hrs I observed the following non-compliance. While stunning a bull for slaughter, the plant took multiple attempts to render the bull insensible to pain. After the plant took the immediate corrective action of rendering the animal unconscious, I proceeded to tag the knocking pen using U.S. Reject tag NO. B39878916. After informing of the non-compliance he informed me that the slaughter floor employees were using the wrong bullets. I looked at both sets of bullets to confirm this and found that there is a different grain count in the bullets that were used and which ones should have been used. I was informed that the bullets (29 grain) they were using are typically used for small bovine, such as a calf. They have 40 grain bullets for the larger bovine. After verifying this, the knocking pen was released and slaughter was allowed to continue. It is very infrequent for the plant to require multiple attempts to render an animal unconscious. According to Federal Regulation 9 CFR 313.16(a)(1), "Utilization of firearms, required effect; handling. (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." This document serves as notice of non-compliance within Federal Regulation 9 CFR 313.16(a)(1).

Regulation:

313.16 (a)(1) Utilization of firearms, required effect; handling. 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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