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Gold Medal Packing

Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965

USDA Inspection Report: 14 Jul 2010

Code: 03J02
Violation:  310.2, 310.3

Citation: On this day at approximately 9:30 AM while performing daily dispositions, I was presented with a bob veal carcass that had obvious signs of polyarthritis and septicemia. At the time of postmortem examination, all parts associated with this carcass were accounted for except for the abomasum. Abomasums are typically harvested from bobs at Gold Medal Packing and sold for their rennet content. Stomachs that are removed for this purpose must be from calves that have been inspected and passed. This particular carcass was retained for pathology and did not pass inspection. Furthermore the fact that the stomach was missing is in violation of 9 CFR 310..2 and 310.3 which explain that all body parts should remain with a carcass until post-mortem examination is complete. The abomasum from this condemned carcass was missing and was mixed in with 1 of 6 lugs of abomasums from carcasses that had passed inspection during the morning's production.. The lugs were located in the hide cooler and were retained with Retain Tags B20434959 and B20434960 while plant management ws notified. I spoke with HAACP coordinator and made her aware of the situation. Since the lug in which the condemned aomasum was located could not possibly have been identified, made the decision to discard and denature the 6 lugs of calf stomachs. Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Failure to ensure that all carcass parts remain together until post-mortem examination is complete. NR: 9-2010 dated 4/30/2010


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.


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