Putting Glass Walls on Delaware Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 28 Oct 2011

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.13(c)

Citation: At 0555 hours after pre-operational sanitation was complete but prior to product entering the mid-chillers the following noncompliances were observed. Mid-Chiller #1; fat was observed floating near the unloader for mid-chiller #1. I requested Mr. , 1st Shift Manager and Mr. , Maintenance Manager to come to the area. Once there I asked Mr. to turn off the aeration system so I could see the water. Once off, meat, fat and feathers that was approximately 3/8” – 1 ” in size was observed floating throughout chiller. Since no product had been introduced to the mid-chiller it is reasonable to conclude that the aforementioned derived from the previous day(s) operation and would have contaminated the wholesome birds entering the mid-chiller. Mr. , QSI Plant Manager was immediately notifed of the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 416.1, 416.4(a) and 416.13(c) and that mid-chiller #1 was rejected with U.S. Rejected Tag #B 34351454 as per 9 CFR 500.2(a)(1). After rejecting mid-chiller #1, I requested Mr. to turn off the aeration system for mid-chiller #2. Mid-Chiller #2; meat, fat and feathers approximately 3/8” – 1 ” in size was observed floating throughout chiller. Since no product had been introduced to the mid-chiller it is reasonable to conclude that the aforementioned derived from the previous day(s) operation and would have contaminated the wholesome birds entering the mid-chiller. Mr. QSI Plant Manager was immediately notifed of the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 416.1, 416.4(a) and 416.13(c) and that mid-chiller #2 was rejected with U.S. Rejected Tag #B 34351455 as per 9 CFR 500.2(a)(1). While waiting for the mid-chillers to re-inspected I observed QSI employees sanitizing the two mid-chiller exit conveyors, as I looked closer at the conveyor belts I observed meat and fat from the previous day operations. Additionally both conveyors and stainless side rails was greasy to the touch (when touched chicken grease was on yur fingers). The aforementioned Rejected Tags were used to reject the exit conveyors. Mr. QSI Manager was notifed of the establishment’s failure to the regulatory requirement of 9 CFR 416.1, 416.4(a) and 416.13(c). At 0703 hours both chillers were re-inspected, sanitary conditions were restored in accordance to QSI -0044 re-cleaning procedures and the regulatory control action was released. At 721 hours after re-inspection of the two exit conveyors, sanitary conditions were restored as per QSI-0044 re-cleaning procedures and the regulatory control action was relinquished. A review of the establishments QA Preoperational Sanitation CheckSheet dated 10/28/11 revealed that QA did not check the neither mid-chiller or the exit conveyors. This NR serves as written notification to Mr. Plant Manager that continued failure could result in enforcement action as per 9 CFR 500.4.

Regulation: Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.

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