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Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 21 Apr 2012

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.15(b), 416.5(a), 416.5(b), 416.3(a), 416.4(d), 416.4(a)

Citation: At 730hours in the WPL department I observed the improper opening of product from trays and the associate was placing the product into totes The associate was not properly dressed to handle product, no gloves, no plastic apron and she was also using her personal knife to open the packages of product. This unsanitary handling of product could lead to contamination and adulteration of the product. I immediately instructed her to stop what she was doing and asked her to please get her supervisor. I spoke to WPL supervisor Mr. and expressed the USDA concerns of improper handling of product and food safety, no SSOP checks of the product. SSOP #4 accounts for glove/hand and apron hygiene and Perquisite # 10 is for cleaning of knives, tools, or utensils and neither of these were followed. Section 416.1 states: Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated. Section 416.3 states: (a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product. Section 416.4 states: (a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product. (d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments. Section 416.5 states: (a) Cleanliness. All persons working in contact with product, food-contact surfaces, and product-packaging materials must adhere to hygienic practices while on duty to prevent adulteration of  product and the creation of insanitary conditions.(b) Clothing. Aprons, frocks, and other outer clothing worn by persons who handle product must be of material that is disposable or readily cleaned. Clean garments must be worn at the start of each working day and garments must be changed during the day as often as necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions Section 416.15 states: (b) Corrective actions include procedures to ensure appropriate disposition of product(s) that may be contaminated, restore sanitary conditions, and prevent the recurrence of direct contamination or adulteration of product(s), including appropriate reevaluation and modification of the Sanitation SOPs and the procedures specified therein or appropriate improvements in the execution of the Sanitation SOPs or the procedures specified therein. Plant decided to condemn the affected product, I observed the condemnation of the affected product, two yellow condemned cans total of assorted pieces and whole chickens.  Mr. the Business Unit Leader for the shipping department is being notified through this NR of the plants failure to meet regulatory requirements. This serves as written notification that the continued failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative actions.

Regulation:

416.15(b) Corrective actions include procedures to ensure appropriate disposition of product(s) that may be contaminated, restore sanitary conditions, and prevent the recurrence of direct contamination or adulteration of product(s), including appropriate reevaluation and modification of the Sanitation SOP’s and the procedures specified therein or appropriate improvements in the execution of the Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein.

416.5(a) ) Cleanliness. All persons working in contact with product, food-contact surfaces, and product-packaging materials must adhere to hygienic practices while on duty to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.5(b) Clothing. Aprons, frocks, and other outer clothing worn by persons who handle product must be of material that is disposable or readily cleaned. Clean garments must be worn at the start of each working day and garments must be changed during the day as often as necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.

416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

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