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JBS Tolleson, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 14 December 2011

Code:  03C02
Violation:  417.4(a)(2) (i)

Citation:

At 0910 hrs while performing a Raw Intact HACCP procedure the following non-compliance was observed:[newline] [newline]As part of the HACCP review procedure I decided to review the establishment’s calibration records. I reviewed two months of records from 10/14/2011 through 12/14/2011. According to JBS- Tolleson’s SOP calibration procedure for the the are held and triggered within 6” of small black metal plate kept in the bottom of the lab refrigerator. The are then checked against a NIST Certified kept in the same location of the refrigerator. The must be within 2 degrees of each other. If any of the are found to be out of tolerance by 2 degrees more or less than the NIST Certified then that is to be taken out of use and sent back to be recalibrated.[newline] [newline]The records indicated 48 separate occurrences in which the designated QC employees had checked the calibration on the and found readings anywhere from 2.5 to 7.0 degrees different from the NIST reference However, in no instance did the records indicate that the establishment followed the SOP procedure by taking the thermometers out of use for recalibration. Thus the establishment failed to follow their calibration procedure which represents non-compliance with 9CFR 417.4(a)(2)(i).[newline][newline] , and ), were informed of the findings. Subsequently I watched perform the procedure. indicated that the need to be within six inches of the black testing plate used in the calibration procedure in order to get an accurate reading, and stated the QCs were not performing this task correctly in that they were not obtaining the reference check temperature with the because they were holding it at variable distances often greater than 6” inches from the black testing plate. In my presence with the procedure performed as written the HACCP plan each of the were accurate within 2 degrees of the NIST Certified [newline] [newline] was notified that they would be issued a Non-Compliance Record.[newline] [newline]FSIS NR records for the past 90 days do not reveal any similar occurrences.

Regulation:

417.4(a)(2)  Ongoing verification activities. Ongoing verification activities include, but are not limited to: (i) The calibration of process-monitoring instruments; (ii) Direct observations of monitoring activities and corrective actions; and (iii) The review of records generated and maintained in accordance with § 417.5(a)(3) of this part.

(i)  of this section, the number of the official establishment, in the form required by part 312 of this sub chapter; (6) Any other information required by the regulations in this part or part 319 of this sub-chapter

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