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Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 09 Nov 2011

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

Citation: At approximately 0521 hours while performing a Poultry zero tolerance verification check on evisceration line I observed visible fecal material on the fifth bird out of a subgroup of ten. The fecal was located on the left inside of the thigh area, was brownish green in color, approximately one half inch in size and a pasty consistency. Since there were no plant personnel between the pre-chill stand and the chilling system, it is reasonable to conclude the contaminated carcass would have entered the chilling system. Ms. ( Evisceration Team Leader) and HACCP Checker) were immediately notified of the noncompliance. Immediate corrective actions for CCP#1 were initiated as per the establishments HACCP Plan. The affected bird was reconditioned and placed back into the process. The root cause given by management was that a one legged bird passed the inspectors helper causing a non captured carcass to go through both IOBW and Bird washers. At this time there had been no Zero Tolerance checks performed by the establishment. All corrective actions were verified by USDA. As a result of the deviation all requirements at all CCPs for that specific lot was performed and found to be acceptable including the preshipment review at 0857 hours. The establishment failed to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.2 (c)(4) and 9 CFR381.65 (e). Mr. Plant Manager is being notified of this failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.2 (c)(4) and 9 CFR 381.65(e). This document serves as written notification that the continued failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative action 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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