Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Gold Medal Packing

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

USDA Inspection Report: 4 May 2012

Code: 04C02
Violation:  313.1

Citation: While doing ante mortem in the pens on May 4, 2012, I noticed that the drain in Pen 14 C had a hole in it. The maintenance man, immediately placed a medal cover plate on top of the drain.  The plastic cris cross drain has a hole in it, about 2 " in diamiter. Pen 14 C is the pen that leads directly into the ramp for the bob calves to enter into the conveyor to the stunning area. So every calf would be passing by that drain with the hole in it. There is the possibility that a calf or any other animal  might step into that hole or even just slip and fall. If the animal gets hurt, that would be an egregious act. The medal plate, that the maintenance man put on to cover the hole, could be kicked or slide off. There needs to be something more permanent there that does not slide or move so that there is no chance that an animal could get caught in it or hurt.Dr noticed that in Pen 6 B  and Pen 8, there are drain holes ( about 3") without no covers at all. Pen 8 is only used for dead carcasses. Pen 6 B the drain hole is right where the gate swings open for Pen 6 C. The lambs that were in Pen 6 C had to walk right past that drain hole. Therefore, there is the possibility that an animal would step right into the hole. If an animal gets hurt that would be an egregious humane handling issue that would lead to a suspension of inspection.  was informed of the situation. Pen employees and Maintenance employee was also notified of the situation.


313.1(a) Livestock pens, driveways and ramps shall be maintained in good repair. They shall be free from sharp or protruding objects which may, in the opinion of the inspector, cause injury or pain to the animals. Loose boards, splintered or broken planking, and unnecessary openings where the head, feet, or legs of an animal may be injured shall be repaired.


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