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JBS Tolleson, Inc.
Address: 651 South 91st Ave., Tolleson, AZ 85353
Establishment No.: 00267 M or M267
USDA Inspection Report: 06 April 2012
While performing disposition duties at the USDA Inspection area the following situation occurred. At approximately 9:15 AM a series of rail outs were presented from the table inspection area. Within a 20 minute period of time 24 suspects were railed out creating an unmanageable congestion on the Veterinarian disposition table, head rack and carcass disposition area. After realizing that the disposition table was full, I informed table inspection to stop the line, allowing me an opportunity to inspect the viscera on the table in order to provide space for additional railed out carcasses. This process was repeated several times within a 30 minute period. I requested that reduce the line speed by 10%. The line speed was reduced however, that alone failed to minimize the impact of the large number of rail out carcasses 9 CFR 310.1. At one point there was a paunch without a proper USDA- MPD identification tag, the tag was later found under the unidentified paunch, 9 CFR 310.2. As a result of the large number of rail outs, the head rack was filled to capacity and heads being placed on the floor resulting in the establishments inability to comply with USDA regulatory requirements. At one point there were 24 carcasses at various stages of disposition staged throughout the trim area. As a result of the crowded conditions, there was no room for additional carcasses and several of the condemned carcasses were in very close proximity and often came in contact with other rail out suspects or to carcasses that only needed to be split. The non condemned carcasses could not be moved as they were between condemned carcasses with no available staging space. 416.4(d) requires that all product be protected from adulteration during processing, handling and storage. At 9:45 AM I informed that the establishment would be receiving a Non Compliance referencing the plants inability to maintain process control, animal identification, prevention of cross contamination. The establishment has failed to demonstrate that there is a documented procedure for the employees to follow in the event that the disposition process is compromised due to insufficient facility space to handle an excessive number of rail outs in a short period of time. During a review of the Non Compliance records written in the last 90 days, no NRs were written with the same root cause.
310.3 Carcasses and parts in certain instances to be retained. Each carcass, including all detached organs and other parts, in which any lesion or other condition is found that might render the meat or any part unfit for food purposes, or otherwise adulterated, and which for that reason would require a subsequent inspection, shall be retained by the Program employee at the time of inspection. The identity of every such retained carcass, detached organ, or other part shall be maintained until the final inspection has been completed. Retained carcasses shall not be washed or trimmed unless authorized by the Program employee.