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Champlain Beef Inc.
Address: 9679 State Rt 4, Whitehall, NY 12887
Establishment No.: m8547
USDA Inspection Report: 18 May 2011
Citation: HAT Category VIII (Stunning Effectiveness) At approximately 1325 hours while performing a check for stunning effectiveness, I observed the following. A Jersey cow was standing in a turned around direction in the knock box (facing the pens). After waiting for the cow's head to be in a position to place the captive bolt, plant employee, Mr. , discharged the hand-held captive bolt on the forehead of the cow. The cow dropped to the floor and the plant employee checked the cow's eyes for a blink reflex. Mr. then proceeded to shackle and hoist the cow. He made a cut to the throat to bleed the cow and then exited to the pen area to bring another cow into the knock box. I observed the cow blinking her eyes and her mouth opening and closing. I informed the floor manager, Mr. of the observation and immediate corrective action was taken with a second application of the captive bolt rendering the cow unconscious. Immediate regulatory control action was taken and the knock box was rejected (U.S. Reject/Retain Tag No. B39711878) per 9 CFR 313.50 (c) and 9CFR 500.2 (a) (4) until the establishment proffered immediate corrective actions and preventative measures. The knocking area was subsequently released after Mr. HACCP Manager, proffered immediate corrective actions and preventative measures to ensure compliance with 9 CFR 313.15. Mr. was advised of the aforementioned noncompliance, as well as the establishment's failure to comply with the regulatory requirements prescribed in 9 CFR 313.15. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory of administrative action.
313.15 (a)(1) Application of stunners, required effect; handling. The captive bolt stunners shall be applied to the livestock in accordance with this section so as to produce immediate unconsciousness in the animals before they are shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut. The animals shall be stunned in such a manner that they will be rendered unconscious with a minimum of excitement and discomfort.