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Humane Handling Quarterly Report for the 12-Month Period Ending September 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 September 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 December 19, 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 September 30, 2011, there were 128,064 Humane Handling 04C02 procedures performed (Table 1). During this time, the percent of noncompliance rate was 0.39%, compared to 0.48% for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2010.

Suspensions
There were 61 inhumane handling suspensions at 46 FSIS facilities with an overall NR rate of 0.66% for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, compared to 88 inhumane handling suspensions at 73 FSIS facilities with an overall NR rate of 0.71% for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2010 (Table 2). From the 61 suspended facilities, 4 establishments had 3 suspensions and 8 establishments had 2 suspensions (OPEER suspension data).

Time Spent on HATS Activities
For the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, the total HATS time was 318,060 hours in 811 FSIS livestock slaughter plants, compared to 295,517 hours for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2010 in 801 FSIS livestock slaughter plants (Table 3).

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 September 30, 2011, the following was identified: livestock heads slaughtered ranged from 2,417,533 in 557 very small plants to 124,462,514 in 63 large plants; the percent noncompliance rate was 0.32% for large plants, .45% for small plants, and 0.39% for very small plants. The HATS time per 04C02 procedure performed ranged from 4.36 hours per 04C02 procedure performed in large plants to 1.38 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 September 30, 2011, the noncompliance percent rate by district ranged from 0.23% in Denver to 0.80% in Springdale. For the same time period, the noncompliance rate per 100,000 livestock heads slaughtered ranged from 0.08 in Des Moines to 9.10 in Albany (Table 5).

Overall, for the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, livestock head slaughtered dropped slightly when compared to the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010. However, the overall HATS time increased from 295,517 hours to 318,060 hours, the number of 04C02 procedures increased from 126,063 to 128,064 hours, and the number of noncompliances decreased from 606 to 503. The overall noncompliance rate showed a decrease from .48% to .39%.


Table 1: Total 04C02 Procedures Performed from 10/1/2010 to 9/30/2011.

Quarter Total Performed Noncompliant Percent Noncompliant
FY11Q1 31,371 127 0.41%
FY11Q2 30,262 121 0.41%
FY11Q3 32,787 119 0.36%
FY11Q4 33,644 136 0.40%
FY11Q1-FY11Q4 Total 128,064 503 0.39%
 
FY10Q1-FY10Q4 Total 126,063 606 0.48%


Table 2: Total 04C02 Procedures Performed in FSIS Facilities Suspended for Inhumane Handling from 10/1/2010 to 9/30/2011.

Quarter Suspension Initiation Total Performed Noncompliant Percent Noncompliant
FY11Q1 16 3,203 20 0.62%
FY11Q2 12 3,048 14 0.46%
FY11Q3 12 2,243 12 0.53%
FY11Q4 21 5,255 45 0.86%
FY11Q1-FY11Q4 Total 61 13,749 91 0.66%
 
FY10Q1 - FY10Q4 Total 88 19,438 138 0.71%

 

Table 3. PHV and Non-PHV Time Spent on HATS activities by FSIS personnel from 10/1/2010 to 9/30/2011.

Quarter PHV Time Non-PHV Time Total Time
FY11Q1 39,192 44,012 83,204
FY11Q2 37,569 41,932 79,501
FY11Q3 39,310 37,192 76,502
FY11Q4 42,666 36,187 78,853
FY11Q1- FY11Q4 Total 158,737 159,323 318,060
Staff Years* 76 77 153
 
FY10Q1 - FY10Q4 Total 137,157 158,360 295,517
Staff Years* 66 76 142

*1 staff year equivalent = 2,080 hours


Table 4: Number of Federally Inspected Livestock Slaughter Facilities by Plant Size** from 10/1/2010 to 9/30/2011., 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 63 124,462,514 12 0.19 27,292 86 0.315% 118,949 4.36
Small 187 18,314,670 23 0.12 40,449 182 0.450% 115,806 2.86
Very Small 557 2,417,533 23 0.04 60,323 235 0.390% 83,305 1.38
FY11Q1- FY11Q4 Total 807 145,194,717 58 0.07 128,064 503 0.393% 318,060 2.48
 
FY10Q4 - FY10Q4 801 146,542,871 88 0.11 126,063 606 0.48% 295,517 2.34

**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 10/1/2010 to 9/30/2011 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 32 4,745,902 31,579 24,924 6,729 32 0.48% 0.67
15 Denver 102 6,345,549 36,601 32,900 15,792 37 0.23% 0.58
20 Minneapolis 48 16,098,075 12,110 6,626 7,214 53 0.73% 0.33
25 Des Moines 54 44,394,950 35,155 17,821 13,578 36 0.27% 0.08
30 Lawrence 61 14,705,651 26,227 21,876 8,853 25 0.28% 0.17
35 Springdale 14 5,749,704 5,294 620 1,740 14 0.80% 0.24
40 Dallas 46 7,465,810 31,392 27,683 9,847 40 0.41% 0.54
45 Madison 52 3,213,417 22,293 18,122 6,595 42 0.64% 1.31
50 Chicago 55 19,918,019 24,124 9,828 10,667 31 0.29% 0.16
60 Philadelphia 111 4,334,596 22,982 19,016 13,303 43 0.32% 0.99
65 Albany 55 340,541 7,953 7,913 7,505 31 0.41% 9.10
75 Beltsville 44 2,527,518 4,211 3,328 5,678 33 0.58% 1.31
80 Raleigh 62 13,819,743 27,284 12,967 11,041 52 0.47% 0.38
85 Atlanta 42 676,677 17,020 14,337 5,148 17 0.33% 2.51
90 Jackson 29 858,565 13,838 5,657 4,374 17 0.39% 1.98
FY11Q1- FY11Q4 Total 807 145,194,717 318,060 223,617 128,064 503 0.39% 0.35
 
FY10Q1-FY10Q4 Total 801 146,542,871 295,517 197,300 126,063 606 0.48% 0.41
Last Modified May 22, 2014