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Champlain Beef Inc.

Address: 9679 State Rt 4, Whitehall, NY 12887
Establishment No.: m8547

USDA Inspection Report: 17 Apr 2012

Code: 04C02
Violation:  313.15

Citation: HAT Category VIII Stunning Effectiveness[newline]At approximately 0930 hours while performing humane handling verification, the following noncompliance was observed.   Plant employee, Mr. , attempted to stun a Holstein dairy cow with the non-penetrating captive bolt, however the cow remained standing.  He attempted to stun the cow a second time with the non-penetrating captive bolt and again the cow remained standing.  During both of these failed attempts I  saw the non-penetrating  captive bolt  impact the cow's head and heard the  pneumatic sound of the device deploying.  Mr.   then used  a penetrating captive bolt and the cow  dropped to the  floor and was rendered unconscious.  Immediate regulatory control action was taken and the knock box was rejected (U.S. Reject/Retain Tag No. B40171242) until the establishment  gave  corrective actions and preventative measures. Mr. HACCP Manager, was notified of the establishment's failure to comply with the regulatory requirements prescribed in 9 CFR 313.15. The knocking area was subsequently released after Mr.  gave immediate corrective actions and preventative measures to ensure compliance with 9 CFR 313.15. Mr. nbsp; had the cows's skull sawed in half   to view the  captive bolt placement in relation the brain.  Examination of the animal's head revealed  two defects in the skull indicating employee error with regard to placement of the non-penetrating captive bolt stunner. 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) 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.


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