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Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 29 Nov 2011

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

Citation: Evisceration Area: At 1544 hours while performing Zero Tolerance Verification on evisceration line I observed fecal material on the ninth bird out of a subgroup of ten. The fecal was located on the left inside back and breast area, brown in color and pasty in consistency and approximately one half inch in size. Since there was no plant employee between the pre chill station and the chilling system, it is reasonable to conclude the contaminated bird would have entered the chilling system. Mrs. HACCP Verifier, Mrs. Team Leader, as well as Shift Leader, Mr. and Maintenance Personnel, 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 into production. The root cause given by management was after checking the viscera packs, the birds appeared to be off of the feed too long. The immediate corrective actions were initiated and 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 11/29/2011 revealed that the last acceptable check was performed at 1517 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 1945 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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