Why didn FSIS personnel witness non-ambulatory animals being presented for slaughter?
A. FSIS inspection program personnel conduct ante-mortem inspection on all cattle on the same day of slaughter. If an animal becomes non-ambulatory before or at the time of being presented for slaughter, plant personnel are required to summon an FSIS Public Health Veterinarian to re-evaluate the animal. If an animal becomes non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection, the Public Health Veterinarian may make a determination, on a case by case basis, that the animal was unable to walk due to an acute injury, such as due to a broken leg, and would therefore be eligible to move on to slaughter as a “U.S. Suspect.” FSIS inspection program personnel maintain a continuous presence at all slaughter establishments while they are operating. FSIS inspection program personnel are stationed at various points throughout the slaughter and processing operation. Public Health Veterinarians or other inspectors visit the holding pens to conduct ante-mortem inspection on an entire lot. They also r