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Gold Medal Packing

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

USDA Inspection Report: 22 May 2012

Code: 03J02
Violation:  310.2

Citation: Regulations under 9 CFR 310.2 require maintenance of carcass identitiy throughout post mortem inspection. [newline] 9 CFR 310.2 (a) states” The head, tail, tongue……….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, untiil 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.”  [newline]9 CFR 310.2 (b)(1)(i) states “The official State-Federal Department backtag on any carcass shall: Be removed from the hide of the animal by an establishment employee and placed in a clear plastic bag.  The bag containing the tag shall be affixed to the corresponding carcass. [newline]9 CFR 310.2 (b)(2)(i) states “Brucellosis and tuberculosis ear tags, herd identification ear tags, sales tags, ear bangles, and similar identification devices shall be removed from the animal’s hide or ear by an establishment employee and shall be placed in a clear plastic bag and affixed to the corresponding carcass.[newline]9 CFR 310.2(b)(3) states “In cases where both types of devices described in paragraphs (b)(1) and (2) of this section are present on the same animal, both types may be placed in the same plastic bag or in two separate bags.”[newline] 9 CFR 310.2 (b)(4) states “The circuit supervisor may allow the use of any alternate method proposed by the operator of an official establishment for the handling the type of devices described in paragraph (b)(2) of this section if such alternate method would provide a ready means of identifying a specific carcass with the corresponding devices by a Program inspector  during the post-mortem inspection”[newline]9 CFR 310.2 (b)(5) (i) states “ The official State-Federal Department backtags will be collected by a Program Inspector and used to obtain traceback information necessary for proprer disposition of the animal or carcass and otherwise handled according to instructions issued to inspectors.”[newline]At Gold Medal Packing, Est. 17965 [redacted]. We have requested that all forms of identication on each calf be transferred completely to the computerized tag.  The computerized tag does not contain the retain tag number because it is applied prior to inspection. [redacted]; This brings all the information together to maintain traceability.  This information is particularly important with condemned carcasses because the computerized tag is no longer available to FSIS employees once a carcass is gone.  The “Daily Retain Record” after condemnation is the only source for traceability for these carcasses. For this reason it is very important that the “Daily Retain Record” is accurate. More recently we requested that all forms of animal identification be removed from carcasses retained for pathology or residue testing, and placed in a clear plastic bag and be affixed to the carcass.  This is because merely

Regulation:

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.

 

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