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Twin Pine Farm

Address: 5940 Twin Pine Ln, Seven Valleys, PA 17360
Establishment No.: m09814

USDA Inspection Report: 11 Apr 2012

Code: 04C02
Violation: 313.15

Citation: On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at approximately 0730 hours, I was performing the Humane Handling for the slaughter of Livestock, verifying the category VIII, Stunning Effectiveness.
They had three market swine and were starting to slaughter.
I observed the following regarding the first stunning: employee [redacted was using a captive bolt and when he shot the animal he didn’t render it unconscious. After the first shot there was no reaction from the swine, but he remained standing. Immediately [redacted] reloaded the gun and shot the swine rendering it unconscious. The approximate time between the shots was less than a minute (about 10 seconds).
After examining the head the shots were placed in the middle of the forehead and both were consistent where the first shot should have rendered the animal unconscious but did not, hence the immediate second shot. There was no vocalization and the second shot rendered the animal unconscious.
Mr. Robert Ilyes, co-owner, was present and notified of the violation when it happened and he expressed what I stated in the fourth paragraph, that the first shot should have rendered the animal insensitive to pain.
This is a violation of USDA regulations 9 CFR 313.15.
This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action(s).
You have the right to appeal this decision based on 9 CFR 306.5 and 9 CFR 381.35.

Regulation:

313.15(a)(1) The slaughtering of sheep, swine, goats, calves, cattle, horses, mules, and other equines by using captive bolt stunners and the handling in connection therewith, in compliance with the provisions contained in this section, are hereby designated and approved as humane methods of slaughtering and handling of such animals under the Act. (a) Application of stunners, required effect; handling. (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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