Putting Glass Walls on Delaware Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, Delaware
Address: Hoosier Street and Railroad Avenue, Selbyville, DE 19975
Establishment No.: P667
USDA Inspection Report: 11 Nov 2011
Citation: Approximately 1810 while touring the tray-Pac area I observed a plant employee removing product from trays that had been previously packed with product in the salvage area. The product was then placed in plastic totes, and the used trays were put back in the cardboard shipping container. When the shipping container was filled with dirty trays the plant employee then emptied the cardboard shipping container in a large gray trash bin and then used the empty shipping container to push down the dirty trays in the trash filled bin. The same shipping container was then placed on a wooded pallet on top of two other empty shipping containers. The wood pallet also had approximately ten other cardboard shipping containers that were full of dirty used trays. I asked the plant employee what he was going to do with the shipping containers. He replied “he put the shipping container that he was going to take to mezzanine to be re-used on top of each other on this side of the pallet”. The three cardboard shipping containers had meat particles and fat inside and outside of the shipping container s. The containers were also wet and used to push trash down in the large gray trash bin. I immediately retained the pallet of shipping containers with retain tag # B38206254. I then notified Night Shift Tray pack Foreman, and Night Shift Tray pack Foreman, . The plant has failed to meet 9 CFR 416.4(d) of the regulatory requirement. This document serves as written notice that continued failure to comply with the regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative action(s) as described in 9 CFR 500.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.