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: 2 Jul 2012

Code: 04C05
Violation: 371.65(b)

Citation: While giving breaks on Evisceration Line at approximately 1630 hours until 1800 hours, CSI observed 10 cadavers birds within the 11/2 hour time frame. Three of the birds she had hung back for Dr. to look at, as they had the head attached and the neck was completely intact without a cut from the kill blade or back up killer, suggesting the bird entered the scalder alive while still breathing. The carcasses were full of blood and the skin was dark red and purple in color. Mr. , Night Shift, Evisceration Supervisor, and Mr. , Night Shift, Picking Supervisor, were notified and did witness the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 381.65 (b) and the the Establishments failure to follow it own GCP’s. Mr. s stated that the root cause was the back up venter was on a 10 minute break. Mr. stated that the preventive measure would be having someone who is trained relieve for breaks. This record serves as written notification to , Plant Manager that continued failure to meet the regulatory requirements could lead to additional regulatory control actions being taken per 9 CFR 500.

Regulation: Poultry must be slaughtered in accordance with good commercial practices in a manner that will result in thorough bleeding of the carcasses and ensure that breathing has stopped prior to scalding. Blood from the killing operation must be confined to a relatively small area.

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