New York meat plant earns USDA certification
Reed Brook Custom Meat Processing, located in Waverly, N.Y., has become the first meat facility in Tioga County to gain USDA certification. The company will now be able to process meat year-round.
In a note on the company’s website, owner Ian Mumbulo said, “We are very proud of how far we have come in the 13 years that we have owned the business, and are extremely excited to see what opportunities the future holds. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to schedule your animals, as we anticipate our schedule filling up quickly. We sincerely thank you for your continued support, and look forward to working with you in the near future.”
Reed Brook offered its clients “state custom licensed” meat processing of beef, pork, and venison, as well as many smokehouse specialty favorites for over a decade. Converting to a USDA inspected facility will provide year-round business to a company that has been predominantly seasonal.
Since taking over ownership, Mumbulo has nearly tripled the size of his operation, adding a new walk-in cooler and freezer, supply room, smokehouse room, and rendering room. He has acquired a new smokehouse, and several large-scale automated equipment. Mumbulo’s most recent project was designing/building a new slaughter floor and animal holding facilities, complying with humane handling federal USDA FSIS compliance regulations.
“Humane handling is very important to us here at Reed Brook, we highly respect that we are the last person that animal sees before being harvested. Not only is it for the best interest and care of the animal, it also ensures higher quality meats,” states Mumbulo. “We are under contract with AgriForaging Food Safety, a food safety consulting firm which specializes in USDA FSIS federal compliance.”
Mumbulo is looking to expanding his product line as well as becoming organic certified in the near future; there is a considerable lack of New York USDA certified organic facilities. Mumbulo is thrilled to offer this much needed local infrastructure to his region which in turn helps provide positive effects on local economies; by offering more jobs, as well as supporting the re-growth of local farming agriculture. There is a large demand to provide chefs and restaurants with locally raised and processed meat (known as the Farm-to-Fork initiative), and that is exactly what Mumbulo intends to do.
Source: Reed Brook Custom Meat Processing, USDA