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Humane Handling Quarterly Report for the 12-Month Period Ending June 30, 2011

United States Department of Agriculture 
Food Safety and Inspection Service - Office of Field Operations (FSIS – OFO)

Overview
This report provides an overview of humane handling (HH) and slaughter procedures (04C02) performed by FSIS inspection program personnel (IPP) in Federally inspected livestock slaughter facilities. Also included is information on noncompliance records (NR) issued for inhumane handling, HH verification time recorded in the FSIS Humane Handling Activity Tracking System (HATS), FSIS slaughter data, and inhumane handling suspensions for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011.

The FSIS - Data Analysis and Integration Group (DAIG) extracted data on inspection activities, slaughter totals, and HH time from the FSIS Data Warehouse including data from establishments converted to PHIS. This data was extracted October 20, 2011. The suspension data was provided by FSIS' Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER).

Humane Handling Procedures Performed
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, there were 126,431 Humane Handling 04C02 procedures performed (Table 1). During this time, the percent of noncompliance rate was 0.40%, compared to 0.46% for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010.

Suspensions
There were 63 inhumane handling suspensions at 50 FSIS facilities with an overall NR rate of 0.57% for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, compared to 85 inhumane handling suspensions at 69 FSIS facilities with an overall NR rate of 0.83% for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010 (Table 2). From the 50 suspended facilities, 2 establishments had 3 suspensions and 9 establishments had 2 suspensions (OPEER suspension data).

Time Spent on HATS Activities
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, the total HATS time was 320,108 hours in 794 FSIS livestock slaughter plants, compared to 288,911 hours for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010 in 797 FSIS livestock slaughter plants (Table 3). The time spent by Public Health Veterinarians (PHV) was 154,324 hours compared to 165,785 hours by non-PHV inspection personnel.

Plant Size Comparison of Livestock Facilities, Head Slaughtered, Procedures Performed and HATS Activities
When breaking down the slaughter, 04C02 procedures, and HATS time data by Plant Size for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, the following was identified: livestock heads slaughtered ranged from 2,353,335 in 543 very small plants to 124,423,479 in 62 large plants; the percent noncompliance rate ranged from 0.36% and 0.38% in large plants and very small plants respectively, to 0.47% in small plants; and the HATS time per 04C02 procedure performed ranged from 4.58 hours per 04C02 procedure performed in large plants to 1.40 hours per 04C02 procedure performed in very small plants (Table 4).

District Comparison of Livestock Facilities, Head Slaughtered, Procedures Performed and HATS Activities
For the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, the noncompliance percent rate by district ranged from 0.22% in Denver to 0.79% in Springdale. For the same time period, the noncompliance rate per 100,000 livestock heads slaughtered ranged from 0.08 in Des Moines to 7.19 in Albany (Table 5).

Overall, for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2011, livestock head slaughtered and total 04C02 procedures performed dropped slightly when compared to the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010. However, the overall HATS time increased from 288,911 hours to 320,108 hours, the number of 04C02 procedures performed noncompliant decreased from 583 to 512, and the percent of 04C02 noncompliant decreased from 0.39% to 0.35% when compared to the same timeframe.


Table 1: Total 04C02 Procedures Performed from 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011.

Quarter Total Performed Noncompliant Percent Noncompliant
FY10Q4 32,115 142 0.44%
FY11Q1 31,369 127 0.41%
FY11Q2 30,255 121 0.41%
FY11Q3 32,692 122 0.37%
FY10Q4-FY11Q3 Total 126,431 512 0.40%
 
FY09Q4 - FY10Q3 Total 126,746 583 0.46%


Table 2: Total 04C02 Procedures Performed in FSIS Facilities Suspended for Inhumane Handling from 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011.

Quarter Suspension Initiation Total Performed Noncompliant Percent Noncompliant
FY10Q4 23 3,264 21 0.64%
FY11Q1 16 3,203 20 0.62%
FY11Q2 12 3,048 14 0.46%
FY11Q3 12 2,243 12 0.53%
FY10Q4- FY11Q3 Total 63 11,758 67 0.57%
 
FY09Q4 - FY10Q3 Total 85 14,102 117 0.83%

 

Table 3. PHV and Non-PHV Time Spent on HATS activities by FSIS personnel from 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011.

Quarter PHV Time Non-PHV Time Total Time
FY10Q4 38,237 42,642 80,878
FY11Q1 39,192 44,012 83,204
FY11Q2 37,585 41,939 79,523
FY11Q3 39,310 37,192 76,503
FY10Q4- FY11Q3 Total 154,324 165,785 320,108
Staff Years* 74 80 154
 
FY09Q4 - FY10Q3 Total 131,495 157,416 288,911
Staff Years* 63 76 139

*1 staff year equivalent = 2,080 hours


Table 4: Number of Federally Inspected Livestock Slaughter Facilities by Plant Size** from 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011., including: Head Slaughtered, Inhumane Handling Suspensions, 04C02 Procedures, and HATS Time.

Size Livestock Slaughter Facilities Livestock Head Slaughtered Inhumane Handling Suspensions Suspensions / Livestock Facilities Total 04C02 Performed 04C02
Non-
compliant
Percent Non- compliant Total HATS in Hours HATS (hours) per 04C02 Performed
Large 62 124,423,479 13 0.21 26,103 95 0.364% 119,535 4.58
Small 186 17,976,366 14 0.08 40,459 190 0.470% 116,748 2.89
Very Small 543 2,353,335 36 0.07 59,795 225 0.376% 83,563 1.40
FY10Q4- FY11Q3 Total 791 144,753,180 63 0.08 126,357 510 0.404% 319,846 2.53
 
FY09Q4 - FY10Q3 Total 797 147,903,426 85 0.11 126,746 583 0.46% 288,911 2.28

**Large—establishments with 500 or more employees; Small—establishments with 10 or more but fewer than 500 employees; very small— establishments with fewer than 10 employees.


Table 5: Total Count of Federally Inspected Livestock Slaughter Facilities and 04C02 Procedure Results and HATS Time from 7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011 by FSIS District, including Livestock Head Slaughtered, and Noncompliant by Livestock Heads Slaughtered.

District Livestock Slaughter Facilities Livestock Head Slaughtered HATS Time in Livestock Facilities HATS Time in Cattle Facilities Total 04C02 Performed 04C02
Non-
compliant
Percent Non-compliant NRs per 100,000 Livestock Head Slaughtered
05 Alameda 31 4,765,437 31,657 24,926 6,690 36 0.54% 0.76
15 Denver 102 6,318,528 37,696 33,951 15,936 35 0.22% 0.55
20 Minneapolis 48 16,045,388 12,742 7,062 7,245 53 0.73% 0.33
25 Des Moines 53 44,381,190 35,091 17,766 13,114 37 0.28% 0.08
30 Lawrence 63 14,689,995 26,071 21,807 8,709 28 0.32% 0.19
35 Springdale 14 5,715,735 5,220 669 1,778 14 0.79% 0.24
40 Dallas 45 7,364,451 30,918 27,493 9,566 38 0.40% 0.52
45 Madison 53 3,173,833 22,315 18,044 6,551 43 0.66% 1.35
50 Chicago 56 19,747,569 24,568 10,463 10,513 31 0.29% 0.16
60 Philadelphia 100 4,341,232 23,267 18,913 12,996 54 0.42% 1.24
65 Albany 56 333,734 7,945 7,945 7,276 24 0.33% 7.19
75 Beltsville 44 2,496,658 4,186 3,216 5,641 36 0.64% 1.44
80 Raleigh 62 13,866,409 27,700 13,374 11,159 50 0.45% 0.36
85 Atlanta 38 657,072 16,433 13,798 5,167 17 0.33% 2.59
90 Jackson 29 858,602 14,266 5,612 4181 16 0.38% 1.86
FY10Q4- FY11Q3 Total 794 144,755,833 320,073 225,037 126,522 512 0.40% 0.35
 
FY09Q4-FY10Q3 Total 797 147,903,426 288,911 193,987 126,746 583 0.46% 0.39
Last Modified May 22, 2014