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Twin Pine Farm

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

USDA Inspection Report: 20 Apr 2012

Code: 04B04
Violation: 307.4(a), 312.2, 316.3, 316.9, 318.2(a)

Citation: On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 I was performing slaughter duties at Twin Pine Farm, Est. 09814 M, located in Seven Valleys, PA.

There was a humane handling issue when a steer that was shot more than once, vocalizing after the first shot, and was then made unconscious with the second shot. The time span between the first and second shot was approximately one (1) minute. In the time following the incident, I took regulatory action by placing a USDA Reject tag (number B 38754673) on the hoist control for the stunning area door. My immediate supervisor, Dr. [redacted] SPHV, was also present and witnessed the incident.

I called Front Line Supervisor (FLS) Mr. [redacted] and told him of my actions. He told me to describe in detail all the events that took place and send it to him for him to review. After I did that, and we finalized the description I then put it in the form of a Memorandum Of Information (MOI). The MOI was dated on April 18, 2012, the number is ALA3312044518G. (Copy attached)

After some time, someone brought the inspection brands back into the office and after I completed the documentation task I went back to the kill floor to inspect the remainder of the post mortem inspection.

There was no one present on the kill floor and the kill floor had been cleaned up. There was no viscera, no gut cart, nothing that I could check which would be what I normally would have done.

The carcass, which had been stamped with the USDA brand on the two halves (that would have comprised the whole carcas) was in the cooler.

Sometime after that, not sure of the time, Mr. [redacted] came back and I asked him who had stamped it and he said that they had waited for USDA to check it, no one did so they cleaned up and disposed of the inedbile offal.

You have violated USDA Regulations 9 CFR 307.4(a), 9 CFR 310.1(a), 9 CFR 312.1, 9 CFR 312.2(a), 9 CFR 316.3(a), and 9 CFR 316.9(a). (Copies attached)

This constitutes misbranding because the steer carcass that had been stamped as USDA inspected and passed but had never received the proper post mortem inspection.

I notified my supervisor, Dr. [redacted] and FLS Mr. [redacted] of my actions and placed US Retained tags (# B 37511687 & B 37511688) on the carcass and notified Mr. [redacted] of my actions.

You have the right to appeal this decision based on 9 CFR 306.5 and 9 CFR 381.35. (Copies attached)

This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action(s).


307.4(a) No operations requiring inspection shall be conducted except under the supervision of a Program employee. All slaughtering of animals and preparation of products shall be done with reasonable speed, considering the official establishment’s facilities.

312.2(a) The official inspection legend required by part 316 of this subchapter to be applied to inspected and passed carcasses and parts of carcasses of cattle, sheep, swine and goats, meat food products in animal casings, and other products as approved by the Administrator, shall be in the appropriate form as hereinafter specified:

316.3(a) No person shall affix or place, or cause to be affixed or placed, the official inspection legend or any other official mark, or any abbreviation or simulation of any official mark, to or on any product, or container thereof, except under the supervision of a Program employee, or as authorized by part 317 of this subchapter in connection with the manufacture of containers.

316.9(a) Each carcass which has been inspected and passed in an official establishment shall be marked at the time of inspection with the official inspection legend containing the number of the official establishment.

318.2(a) All products and all slaughtered poultry and poultry products brought into any official establishment shall be identified by the operator of the official establishment at the time of receipt at the official establishment and shall be subject to reinspection by a Program employee at the official establishment in such manner and at such times as may be deemed necessary to assure compliance with the regulations in this subchapter.


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