Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can
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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 22 Nov 2011
Citation: At approximately 0620 while performing good commercial practice verification, in the kill room I observed the Rabbi’s helper remove a turkey from the line and present it to the Rabbi. When the helper placed the bird on the table, on its back to present the bird to the Rabbi, the Rabbi grabbed the bird by the head, at which point the bird began to violently pull and struggle to get free. The turkey was pulling its head and neck back, flapping its wings, and kicking its legs. The Rabbi left go of the bird and stepped away. At that point, the helper while holding a foot with one hand took his other arm and pinned it over the turkey’s neck, entrapping the neck between the table and his arm. After approximately 30 seconds the turkey’s head and neck turned blue to purple in color. The helper then released the neck from his arm, grabbed both legs and removed the bird from the table at which point the bird appeared to no longer be moving. The helper turned away from my view and another helper came over. The turkey was held for approximately 20 more seconds. Then, the helper threw the turkey approximately 3 feet out of the way, along the wall and it was evident that the bird was dead. I immediately contacted 1st Processing Superintendant, took him to the kill room, showed him where the event occurred, and told him what had happened. No enforcement action was taken. Mr. immediately corrected the situation by removing the employee from the line and suspended the employee from live bird contact until further investigation. I notified Mr. that I was going to be in contact with the District Office. This is a violation of 9 CFR 381.65(b) – Poultry must be slaughtered in accordance with good commercial practices.
381.65(b) Poultry must be slaughtered in accordance with good commercial practices in a manner that will result in thorough bleeding of the carcasses and ensure that breathing has stopped prior to scalding. Blood from the killing operation must be confined to a relatively small area.