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Crescent Duck Farm Inc., New York

Address: 10 Edgar Ave, Aquebogue, NY 11931
Establishment No.: 00824 P

USDA Inspection Report: 19 Jul 2010

Code: 06D02
Violation: 381.76(a), 381.76(b)

Citation: At approximately 0900 hrs the inspection line had to be stopped due to insufficient presentation of carcasses. , plant manager was immediately informed. He was shown how the birds are being hung by one leg, by the head or in some instances completely upside down. This establishment is traditional line inspection and proper presentation of birds is to be shackled by both feet with the back side of the bird facing the inspection stand. Inspector hung back 43 birds to be re-hung and properly presented. Line speed was running at birds per minute. 9CFR381.76 in part states: (ii) General...For the establishment to run it's processing line at maximum speed, optimal conditions must be maintained so that inspection may be conducted efficiently. (iii) Presentation (b) An establishment employee shall present each bird to the inspector properly eviscerated with the back side toward the inspector and the viscera uniformly trailing or leading. In speaking to , president, later in the day he informed me he will trace back the situation and try to pinpoint and correct the problem in that area. There was no USDA reject/retain tag involved.

Regulation:

381.76(a) A post-mortem inspection shall be made on a bird-by-bird basis on all poultry eviscerated in an official establishment. No viscera or any part thereof shall be removed from any poultry processed in any official establishment, except at the time of post-mortem inspection, unless their identify with the rest of the carcass is maintained in a manner satisfactory to the inspector until such inspection is made. Each carcass to be eviscerated shall be opened so as to expose the organs and the body cavity for proper examination by the inspector and shall be prepared immediately after inspection as ready- to-cook poultry. If a carcass is frozen, it shall be thoroughly thawed before being opened for examination by the inspector. Each carcass, or all parts comprising such carcass, shall be examined by the inspector, except for parts that are not needed for inspection purposes and are not intended for human food and are condemned.

381.76(b) (ii) General. (a) Under SIS, one inspector inspects the outside, inside, and viscera of each bird. There may be two inspectors on one processing line, each inspecting every other bird. For the establishment to run its processing line(s) at maximum speed, optimal conditions must be maintained so that inspection may be conducted efficiently. The inspector in charge determines the speed at which each processing line may be operated to permit inspection. A variety of conditions may affect this determination including the health of each flock and the manner in which birds are being presented to the inspector for inspection.

381.76(b) (iii) Post-mortem inspection. (a) Facilities: Each inspection station must comply with the facility requirements in 381.36(c).

381.76(b) Presentation: Each inspector shall be flanked by an establishment employee assigned to be the inspector’s helper. The one inspector on the SIS–1 line shall be presented every bird. Each inspector on the SIS–2 line shall be presented every other bird on the line. An establishment employee shall present each bird to the inspector properly eviscerated with the back side toward the inspector and the viscera uniformly trailing or leading. Each inspector shall inspect the inside, viscera, and outside of all birds presented.

 

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