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Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.

Address: 29005 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966
Establishment No.: P3

USDA Inspection Report: 20 Oct 2011

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

Citation: Evisceration Line At 2036 hours, while performing FPS task (Finished Product Standards), fecal material was observed inside the left corner above the cloaca area in one of the 10 randomly selected carcasses. The fecal material was . inch, brownish in color and pasty in consistency. Since there are no plant interventions between the sampling site and the chiller, it is reasonably likely to assume that the contaminated carcass would have entered the chill system violating 9 CFR 381.65(e). I immediately notified 1st Processing Superintendent for N/S, of the fecal material which he witnessed, and the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 381.65(e) and 417.2(c)(4). I observed the establishment immediately implemented corrective actions as per the HACCP Plan for CCP #2. A review of the establishment’s Zero Tolerance Monitoring log for CCP #2, dated October 20, 2011, revealed the last acceptable check was performed at 1906 hours and initialed by QA technician . A review of the establishment records verified that regulatory requirements at all of the CCP’s including pre-shipment review of the affected lot were found acceptable. The affected bird was removed from production by Mr. I was verbally informed later the root cause of the noncompliance was a bent blade on the vent cutter. This NR serves written notification to Mr. , Plant Manager , of the establishment’s failure to meet regulatory requirements and that continued failure could result in enforcement action as per 9 CFR 500.4.  

Regulation:

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.

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

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