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Gold Medal Packing
Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965
USDA Inspection Report: 1 Jul 2011
Citation: On Monday, June 27, 2011, 15 ovine were slaughtered at Gold Medal Packing that were labeled as "lambs" on the pen card. The load of "lambs" was accompanied by a letter from the farm of origin stating that they were 12 months of age or younger. The line inspector, questioned this and held 7 heads for veterinary inspection. I examined these heads at a later time and determined that they were derived from older sheep. These heads were also held for examination by an APHIS technician for scrapies sampling. We collectively determined by examining the dentition that these 7 heads came from sheep 4-5+ years of age. The associated sheep were custom-killed by Gold Medal for another meat packing establishment. The sale of these sheep was between the farm of origin and the other meat-packing plant. Gold Packing was essentially the go-between. Gold Medal shipped these sheep out to the other establishment , and the Bill of Lading that accompanied the shipment (#001342) had 15 "lambs" listed as part of the shipment. This is mislabeling or misrepresentation of the product being shipped. Furthermore, the plant kill sheets listed these animals as lambs. This is a record-keeping violation according to 9 CFR 320.1(b)(i). was contacted.
317.8(a) No product or any of its wrappers, packaging, or other containers shall bear any false or misleading marking, label, or other labeling and no statement, word, picture, design, or device which conveys any false impression or gives any false indication of origin or quality or is otherwise false or misleading shall appear in any marking or other labeling. No product shall be wholly or partly enclosed in any wrapper, packaging, or other container that is so made, formed, or filled as to be misleading.