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JBS Tolleson, Inc.
Address: 651 South 91st Ave., Tolleson, AZ 85353
Establishment No.: 00267 M or M267
USDA Inspection Report: 4 June 2011
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)
At 0535hrs while performing preoperational sanitation inspection (PBIS task 01B02) the following deficiency was observed in the Fabrication Department; While inspecting the Bone in Hind Shank chute I observed product residue on the chute, the smear of product residue was approximately 5 inches in width and 7 inches in length. The product residue varied in thickness from 1/8th inch to 1/2 inch. The Bone in Hind Shank chute has a spring loaded stainless steel product deflector that ensure that the shanks will stay within the chute. The deflector also had product residue on its food contact surface, in a smear that mirrored that found on the food contact surface of the chute. As corrective measures the chute and deflector were cleaned and sanitized in my presence, after reinspecting the chute and finding the cleaning of the chute acceptable, I released the chute for production. This non-compliance was reported to . Subsequently at 0630hrs while performing preoperational sanitation inspection (PBIS task 01B02) the following deficiencies were observed in the Slaughter Department; While inspecting the Final Rail area it was observed that both chutes located on the high trim stand that are used for separating tails from over 30 months and under 30 months had not been cleaned. Each chute had multiple pieces of dried product residue, (i.e. meat and fat) that were approximately a quarter in size. The lights that are located on the base of the low trim stand had a greenish/brown film, consistent with mold, on the inside of the clear plastic fixtures that are designed to protect the light bulbs from directly contacting the front shanks of the carcasses. One of these clear plastic fixtures had a crack in it. As corrective measures the chutes and the light fixture were cleaned and sanitized. The other fixture with a crack in it was replaced. This non-compliance was reported to . A review of Non-Compliance records for the last 90 days revealed similar findings with the same root cause. This NR is linked to NR 0014-2011-16842 (issued 6/2/2011) which was issued for similar cause (i.e. product residue). Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Failure to monitor equipment for cleanliness during the establishments preoperational sanitation inspection. NR: 14-2011 dated 6/2/2011
416.13(a) Each official establishment shall conduct the pre-operational procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s before the start of operations.
416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.
416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.