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Gold Medal Packing

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

USDA Inspection Report: 31 May 2012

Code: 03J02
Violation:  309.1

Citation: On May 16, 2012, Gold Medal employee's  hung 52 bob calves without ante mortem inspection. This is a non copmliance to (CFR 309.1. Normally, On the first ante mortem check, gets up all the animals in Pens 14( A, B, C, D, E –depending-), pen 1 and pen 12. On May 18,2012, was getting up the calves. He asked me to check Pens 14 (A, B, C, D, E). They were the only pens that I checked  at 6:00 am.   read off what the Pen Card said as he handed them to me. While I was watching move the bobs around, I was standing next to in the walkway in the corner by pen 14 A and pen 12 was behind me. I did turn my head to see what was in there, but did not go into the pen to get them up nor did he give me the pen card to pen 12. When I went out to do ante mortem at approximately 7:35-7:40 am, pen Employees asked me to do ante mortem on calves. I asked them who’s calves they were in the pen before the ramp told me it was pen 12. I said that I did not do ante mortem on pen 12. stated that I did , that I should check my cards. I told him that I did not check them and the only pen cards Gave me were 14a, 14b, 14c,14d, and 14e. said he did not have the card when he looked so he thought that they were checked. I asked to see the cards had. The pen 12 card was among the cards that took out of his pocket, which is where they are always kept until employee hands them to me. should have known that He did not go into pen 12 which is in the back corner, away from all the other pens. thought that maybe got them up when he was taking care of the dead and non ambulatory calves. I did not see in pen 12 when I did first ante mortem.  Apparently the card was stuck to another one and did not see it and the assumed that pen 12 was checked. I had stop hanging.  I immediately informed   and of the situation. I stopped the slaughter line and had lock the line. I immediately informed   and of the situation. I went into office and informed Dr of the situation. Dr. informed to inform the higher up plant management. IPP counted the bob calves already slaughtered and we allowed them to go through the slaughter process. We tagged 52 carcasses with US Retained tags B39280116,  B39280201 through B39280232 and tag #s B39280267 through B39280283, B39280285 and B39280286. A lug of tongues was retained with tag# B39280264. A lug of hearts was retained with US Retain tag # B39280262. A lug of gullets was retained with tag # B39280266.  A container of rennaunts was retained with tag # B39280265.  All retained carcasses and parts were condemned and denatured with Dr. and I present on Fri, May 25, 2012.


309.1(a) All livestock offered for slaughter in an official establishment shall be examined and inspected on the day of and before slaughter unless, because of unusual circumstances, prior arrangements acceptable to the Administrator have been made in specific cases by the circuit supervisor for such examination and inspection to be made on a different day before slaughter.


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