USDA letter: “…In video Exhibit A, Scene #20 dated September 24, 2013; Time Mark 14:05 - 16:18, the video recorded a bovine, hoisted from the left hind leg, at the bleed rail location in the establishment. The cow is profusely bleeding from a wound on its left lateral neck. At time mark 14:25, the animal blinks in response to a finger tapping around the eye, the left ear is erect, and the neck is mildly extended. At time mark 14:34, the footage captures breathing motion of the left flank. The bovine continues to blink and extend its head at 14:38. A plant employee applies a hand-held captive bolt gun to the poll of the animal, and the gun does not fire. A second attempt is made at 14:45, and the cow flails its head and body at this event. At 14:49, lateral flank breathing can be visualized. At time mark 15:30, the animal is blinking, extending its head and has an erect left ear. A stun from the hand-held captive bolt is applied at time mark 16:05, and following this stun, at 16: 14 there is no blinking reflex and the head and left ear are flaccid.…”
Shrewsbury, NJ February 4, 2014: Tony Catelli, Catelli Brothers President and CEO, today issued the following statement regarding the company’s response to USDA’s approval of Catelli Brothers corrective actions and reopening of the plant.
CATELLI BROTHERS REOPENS SHREWSBURY PLANT
Company underscores commitment to animal welfare, humane handling
"We are pleased that USDA has approved our corrective actions, and that we are able to reopen our plant. We were very deliberate in taking the time to ensure our actions are robust and that they will continue to exceed expectations for animal care and humane food production practices.
“Two nationally recognized third-party experts in humane animal handling have made specific recommendations that we have already begun to incorporate. In addition, a PAACO*-certified trainer has retrained all of our employees.
“Catelli Brothers will be the first veal plant in the country to install Arrowsight, a 24/7, third-party remote video surveillance and auditing of animal handling and processing procedures. Arrowsight is a program developed in cooperation with Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert in humane animal handling.
“Additional steps we are taking include reaffirming our policy against the processing of non-ambulatory animals; increased quality assurance audits of both animal welfare practices and of the harvest process itself; retraining on humane handling practices and specific disciplinary measures for employees who violated those practices; and retraining all company transportation partners on Catelli animal handling and proper transportation procedures.
“Accountability, responsibility, continuous improvement, and ongoing monitoring will be central to our programs going forward. We are pleased to have reopened our plant and resume the production of wholesome, high-quality veal. Our work to be proactive in addressing the issues that have been raised will help to ensure our plant operates responsibly and always with the highest regard for the care of our calves.
“Maintaining public confidence in Catelli Brothers and in the safety and quality of the veal we produce is of critical importance to me, to my family and to our employees, and has been for two generations. We appreciate the community’s understanding and support as we worked to resolve these issues.”
*Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO)
The USDA sent a suspension letter to Catelli Brothers – who slaughter at that plant for MealMart and Alle Processing, the huge Satmar-hasid-owned glatt kosher meat providers – late last month that details some, but not all, of its violations of Humane Slaughter Law. Here it is a PDF file:
Video: Horrific Animal Abuse At Slaughterhouse That Produces Veal For Meal Mart.
Video: Shochet Or Mashgiach At Veal Slaughterhouse Closed For Horrific Animal Cruelty Explains Where The Kosher Slaughtered Meat Is Sold.
[Hat Tip: Nachos.]