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Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 09 Jul 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e)

Citation: Evisceration area: at 1449  hours while performing a finished product standards verification on line # on the seventh bird out of 10 randomly selected birds, I observed approximately inch of fecal material in three separate droplets on the inside left vent flap. The fecal material was brown in color and pasty in consistency. Since there was no plant employee between the pre-chill station and the chillers, it is reasonable to conclude that the contaminated carcass would have entered the chilling system. HACCP checker Miss was immediately notified as well as Team leader Mrs. and maintenance of the failure to meet the requirements of poultry regulations 417.2(c) (4) and 381.65(e) which requires no visible fecal material to enter the chilling system. Corrective actions were immediately implemented and shipping was stopped as per the plant's HACCP plan for CCP # 1. A review of the establishment's zero tolerance logs for CCP # 1 dated 7/9/2012 revealed that the last acceptable check was performed at 1422 hours with a quantifiable value of 0/10 and initialed The affected bird was condemned. The root cause was the probes on the inside / outside bird washer were not going into every bird, do to straight nozzles being used instead of fan nozzles. The water pressure was turned down on the outside of carcasses to increase the water pressure on the inside of carcass. Plant’s further planned action was the straight nozzles were replaced with fan nozzlels during the second half hour break, until then an associate was placed at the end of the evisceration line to check every bird for fecal material. Shipping was released at 1635 hours. s a result of the deviation, I verified that the corrective actions were compliant with 9 CFR 417.3(a). I also verified that all requirements at all CCP’s for that specific lot were performed and found to be acceptable including the pre-shipment review.  Ms. Plant manager is being notified through this noncompliance record of the plant's failure to meet regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.2(c) and 9 CFR 381.65(e). This document serves as written notification that continued failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory action(s) as described in 9 CFR 500.4

Regulation:

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

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