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Britt's Slaughterhouse

Address: 2782 Drum Rd, Middleport, NY 14105
Establishment No.: m4530

USDA Inspection Report: 17 May 2012

Code 04C02

Violation:  313.15

Citation: HATS Category VIII: Stunning effectiveness[newline][newline]On May 17, 2012 at approximately 1030 hours while I, SPHV was performing a livestock humane handling task I observed the following noncompliance.  Establishment Owner, Mr. John Britt was attempting to stun a swine that had been loaded into the cattle knock box.  The cattle knock box did not limit the free movement of the swine, so that Mr. Britt was able to accurately apply the stunning blow.  When Mr. Britt applied his first stun, the swine was hit in the head, but was not stunned.  Mr. Britt took immediate corrective actions by reloading his captive bolt gun and successfully applied the second stun within 20 seconds of the first stun attempt.  After the second stun, the swine remained unconscious throughout the bleed out period.  Mr. Britt was verbally notified of the noncompliance.   [newline][newline] 9 CFR 313.15 requires that the captive bolt stunner is applied to livestock so that they are rendered immediately unconscious with one attempt, prior to shackling, hoisting, and bleeding.  9 CFR 313.15 also requires that the stunning area is designed to limit the free movement of animals so that the operator can apply the stunning blow with a high degree of accuracy.   [newline]Since Mr. Britt took immediate corrective actions after his first stun attempt, and the swine was effectively stunned on the second attempt, this was not considered to be an egregious action.  One additional swine was slaughtered following this noncompliance.   Mr. Britt restrained the second swine in the swine knocking pen located near the cattle knock box.  This swine was stunned effectively with one stun attempt.  A review of previous noncompliances did not reveal a noncompliance of similar cause.  This document serves as written notification that failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in further enforcement actions.  


313.15(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.

313.15(a)(3) Immediately after the stunning blow is delivered the animals shall be in a state of complete unconsciousness and remain in this condition throughout shackling, sticking and bleeding.


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