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JBS Tolleson, Inc.

Address: 651 South 91st Ave., Tolleson, AZ 85353
Establishment No.: 00267 M or M267

USDA Inspection Report: 27 July 2011

Code:  06D02
Violation:  310.2

Citation:

310.2 At 0815 hrs while performing PBIS task 06D02 the following deficiency was identified: It was noticed that a steer carcass (Blood Tag 003) in the Final Rail reconditioning area was identified by establishment employees as over 30 months of age, and marked accordingly. To verify that the establishment was following its Standard Operating Procedure (SOP's) to ensure the proper segregation and disposition of the BSE Specified Risk Materials from this animal, I proceeded to the head harvest area to follow the harvest of the head, as to verify. that the head was proper labeled as being from an animal greater than 30 months of age and verify proper procedures were followed in the harvesting the usable tissues from the head. According to the establishment's BSE SRM program only certain head muscle meat, cheek meat and tongue are harvested from cattle 30 months of age or greater. Specifically the establishment has decided not to harvest the "crown" head meat from such cattle because the proximity of this meat to the foramen magnum (the opening of the skull where the brain exits the skull as the spinal cord), which increases the risk of cross contamination with brain or spinal cord material. Additionally once the appropriate tissues have been harvested from such animal's skulls, the skull is split and the brain removed and placed into designated container for CMPAF (Cattle Material Prohibited For use in Animal Feed) and sent to a landfill while the remaining skull (bones and soft tissues) goes to inedible rendering. Upon arriving at the split table I observed that the head split table had not been used yet during production. I investigated the "condemned" head rack to see if the head was being stored there so that the head could be split and have the SRM removed at a later time. At this time I notified of the potential problem, and asked for a explanation. She stated the blue tag that was supposed to attached to the head with a deadlock must have fallen off and the head must have been treated as a steer head. The crown meat, tongue, and cheek meat were all harvested and placed in white barrels which indicates the product is under 30 months of age. The skull was not split and the brain had in fact been sent to inedible rendering with the SRM still intact The fact that the establishment failed in this instance to properly maintain the identity of the carcasses and its parts until it has passed inspection is the justification for this Non-Compliance being issued. This represents Non-Compliance with 9 CFR 310.2, which indicates the establishment must maintain the identity of all carcasses and parts until it has passed inspection. This also represents Non-Compliance with 9 CFR 310.22(e)(2), which states, "Establishments that slaughter cattle and establishments that process the carcasses or parts of cattle must take appropriate corrective action when either the establishment or FSIS determines that the establishment's procedures for removal, segregation, and disposition of specified risk materials, or the implementation or maintenance of such procedures, have failed to ensure that such material are adequately and effectively removed from the carcass of cattle, segregated from edible materials, and disposed of in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section." This Non-Compliance was reported the , A review of Non-Compliance records for the past 90 days reveals no similar finding with the same root cause. 

Regulation:

310.2   Identification of carcass with certain severed parts thereof and with animal from which derived.

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