Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: USDA Inspectors' Views on Enforcement (GAO-10-244SP), February 2010, an E-supplement to GAO-10-203

Making Enforcement Decisions

8. Based on your humane handling experience, to what extent do the judgments of FSIS staff (including inspectors, supervisors, and district and headquarters personnel) differ on what establishment actions and conditions should result in a suspension, regulatory control action, or noncompliance record (NR)?
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9. If they differ, please describe one or more examples of differences, and any actions FSIS could take to reduce differences.

10. Do you use guidance other than laws, official FSIS guidance, notices, directives, and regulations to help make humane handling enforcement decisions?
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  Describe the subject and source of this guidance:

11. Do you believe that each of the following factors alone generally indicates that an establishment's action should result in a suspension, regulatory control action, NR, or none of these?
(Check only one in each row)
    Suspension Regulatory control action Noncompliance record only None of these Don't know No response
  a. Electrically prodding over 50 of 100 animals within acceptable voltage
  b. Electrically prodding between 26 to 50 of 100 animals within acceptable voltage
  c. Electrically prodding one animal deliberately in the rectal area
  d. Deliberately driving animals over the top of other animals
  e. Using an obviously broken or malfunctioning stunner many times
  f. Failing to render 1 animal of 100 insensible with the 1st captive bolt stun
  g. Failing to render a total of 6 animals of 100 insensible with the 1st captive bolt stun
   

    Suspension Regulatory control action Noncompliance record only None of these Don't know No response
  h. Failing to correctly place the electrical stun wand on 1 animal of 100
  i. Failing to correctly place the electrical stun wand on 6 animals of 100
  j. Immediately re-stunning an animal that is regaining sensibility after a properly executed 1st stun
  k. 1 normal animal in 100 slipping and falling
  l. 6 normal animals in 100 slipping and falling
  m. Failing to provide water for animals held over a weekend
  n. Failing to provide water for animals for 2 hours
   

12. Would additional guidance and/or training be helpful in the following areas?
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    Yes No Don't know No response
  a. Determining when an animal is sensible or returning to sensibility
  b. Determining what, if any, action to take (e.g., suspension, NR) for a sensible animal on the rail
  c. Determining what, if any, action to take (e.g., suspension, NR) for double stunning
  d. Determining when the use of a driving instrument or tool becomes beating
  e. Determining whether a specific incidence of electric prodding requires a suspension, regulatory control action, or NR
  f. Determining whether electrical stunning of an animal fails to render and maintain insensibility
  g. Assessing situations involving slipping and falling
   


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