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Gold Medal Packing

Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965

USDA Inspection Report: 11 Aug 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation:  318.20, 417.2(a)(1), 417.5(a)(1)

Citation: On this day while reviewing reports from residue testing of bob veal, it became apparent that Gold Medal Packing now has a fourth violation from one producer, . The most recent violation is Sample #580686 (Neomycin - Kidney), which was taken on 7/13/2010. The previous 3 violations were Sample #579153 (6/18/2010, Neomycin - kidney), Sample # 497483 (4/27/2010, Neomycin - Kidney) , and Sample # 515923 (2/23/2010, Flunixin - Liver). In addition to this producer with four violations, there are also 3 producers with 3 residue violations( [redacted] ), and 9 producers with 2 residue violations each. Residues at Gold Medal Packing are addressed in a prerequisite program, therefore in the HACCP plan for Veal, Lamb, and Goat Slaughter. The prerequisite program addresses residues by [redacted]. With the recurrence and number of repeat violators, it is clear that residues ARE a hazard likely to occur, and the prerequisite program is NOT addressing this hazard. The recurrence of residue violations in veal carcasses is in violation of 417.2(a)(1) which states that "[redacted]" Every official establishment shall conduct, or have conducted for it, a hazard analysis to determine the food safety hazards reasonably likely to occur in the production process and identify the preventive measures the establishment can apply to control these hazards." This establishment is not identifying residues as a hazard likely to occur, and clearly is not identifying the appropriate preventive measures to apply to control residues. Furthermore, the presence of violative drug residues in multiple veal carcasses is not in accordance with 9 CFR 318.20, which states that "Animal drug residues are permitted .....if such drug residues are within tolerance levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration". The carcasses identified with violative drug residues are not a food safety hazard because they are disposed of in accordance with Directive 10,800.1 and 10,220.3. However at the current time [redacted]% of all bob veal slaughtered at Gold Medal are being tested for residues. This means that [redacted]% of the bob veal are not being tested. Without a doubt some of these latter carcasses are adulterated with drug residues, they are entering commerce, and therefore are a potential food safety hazard HACCP coordinator was made aware of the producer with a fourth violation, and has been made aware of all the other violations as they have been reported. Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Ineffective prerequisite program for residues NR: 24-2010 dated 7/21/2010 Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Ineffective prerequisite program for drug residues and ineffective changes made upon reassessment of HACCP plan NR: 24-2010 dated 7/21/2010

Regulation:

318.20 Animal drug residues are permitted in meat and meat food products if such residues are from drugs which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and any such drug residues are within tolerance levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration, unless otherwise determined by the Administrator and listed herein.

417.2(a)(1) Every official establishment shall conduct, or have conducted for it, a hazard analysis to determine the food safety hazards reasonably likely to occur in the production process and identify the preventive measures the establishment can apply to control those hazards. The hazard analysis shall include food safety hazards that can occur before, during, and after entry into the establishment. A food safety hazard that is reasonably likely to occur is one for which a prudent establishment would establish controls because it historically has occurred, or because there is a reasonable possibility that it will occur in the particular type of product being processed, in the absence of those controls.

417.5(a)(1) The written hazard analysis prescribed in 417.2(a) of this part, including all supporting documentation;

 

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