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Southern Quality Meats responds to PETA video

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Updated: 7/12/2013 11:20 am
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Southern Quality Meats says it has retrained workers on proper handling techniques after PETA released a video this week shot on the kill floor of the processing company.

In the letter, SQM President Don Haynie says the company received the complaint in May and promptly investigated, but were unable to find evidence of the incidents described in the letter.

He says the company did take the initiative to retrain workers on proper handling techniques.

Haynie says they also reviewed and updated its procedures on humane handling.

He does say PETA did not provide a copy of the video sent to media outlets until earlier this week.

Haynie says a review does show two instances where a worker did not use proper stunning techniques.

He says the employee left the company earlier this year for unrelated reasons.

Workers were once again retrained on the proper stunning techniques.

Haynie says two USDA inspectors are on site at all times, including one assigned to the kill floor.
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