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Perdue Farms, Delaware

Address: 255 N. Rehoboth Blvd., Milford, DE 19963
Establishment No.: P1318

USDA Inspection Report: 04 Oct 2011

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e), 417.2(c)(4)

Citation: Evisceration Area: At 1928 hours while performing Poultry Zero Verification on evisceration line I observed fecal material on the fourth bird out of a subgroup of ten. The fecal was located on the left inside of the back area. The fecal material was brown in color and approximately one inch in size with a pasty consistency. Since there was no plant employee between the pre chill station and the chilling system, it is reasonable to conclude the contaminated carcass would have entered the chilling system. Mr. QA Supervisor, Ms. HACCP checker and Evisceration Line coach, Mr. were immediately informed of the failure to meet the requirements of Poultry Regulations 9CFR 417.2 (c) (4) and 9CFR 381.65(e) which requires no visible fecal material to enter the chilling system. Immediate corrective actions for CCP # 1 were initiated as per the plant's HACCP plan. The affected bird was reconditioned at the recondition station and put back in to production. The root cause given by management was the opener was adjusted too low for the bird size. I verified that the corrective actions were compliant with 9 CFR 417.3(a). A review of the establishment's zero tolerance log for CCP # 1 dated 10/04/2011 revealed that the last acceptable check was performed at 1927 hours with a quantifiable value of 0/10 and initialed As a result of the deviation all requirements at all CCPs for that specific lot was performed and found to be acceptable including the pre shipment review at 2118 Hrs. The establishment failed to meet the requirements of 9CFR 417.2 (c) and 9CFR 381.65 (e). Mr. Plant manager is being notified of this failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9CFR 417.2 (c) (4) and 9CFR 381.65 (e). This document serves as a written notification that the continued failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative action(s) as described in 9 CFR 500.4.


381.65(e) Poultry carcasses contaminated with visible fecal material shall be prevented from entering the chilling tank.

417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;

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