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Gold Medal Packing

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

USDA Inspection Report: 4 May 2012

Code: 04C02
Violation:  313.2

Citation: On May 4, 2012, while watching employees at Gold Medal Packing, Est. 17965 unload calves with Dr. , District Veterinary Medical Specialist, Albany District, a  non-compliance was observed.  Calves were being unloaded from a double-deck trailer.  A plant employee was stunning two non-ambulatory disabled calves on the lower deck of the trailer towards the front.  Above and in front of this area, just behind the tractor cab there was a shelf that contained some more calves. This shelf was approximately 5-6 feet above the lower deck.  On the shelf there is a door which keeps the calves contained in the shelf area.  While the plant employee was stunning the two animals, this door became slightly ajar, and a calf slipped out and dropped to the lower deck.  Neither Dr. nor I actually observed the calf falling, however I counted 2 non-ambulatory calves just moments before on the lower deck, and then there were three calves.  In addition, both Dr. and I heard a thud.  The calf that fell did not appear to be injured and jumped to its feet shortly thereafter. When we mentioned this to the plant employee who was doing the unloading, he mentioned that when the door/ramp from the upper shelf is dropped down, their are no side-rails or guard preventing the calves from falling off.  He said calves on a few rare occasions have fallen before, and he has voiced a complaint about this. This incident is a non-compliance of  9 CFR 313.2(a) which states "Driving of livestock from the unloading ramps to the holding pens and from the holding pens to the stunnig area shall be done with a minimum of excitement and discomfort to the animals." The lack of guards or side-rails on unloading ramps that results in animals falling from significant heights could result in injury in those animals.

Regulation:

313.2(a) Driving of livestock from the unloading ramps to the holding pens and from the holding pens to the stunning area shall be done with a minimum of excitement and discomfort to the animals. Livestock shall not be forced to move faster than a normal walking speed.

 

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