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Gold Medal Packing
Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965
USDA Inspection Report: 21 Jan 2011
Citation: On Jan 21,2010 at 0913 hour Dr noticed that while the plant went on break, a pre-evisceration [redacted] sprayer was continuously saturating one particular calf. A plant employee tried to shut the sprayer off but couldn't find the switch. Dr. placed retain tag # B39766286 on the saturated calf. Company break is 15 minutes long. was notified that the calf was retained and why. At 11:25 Dr noticed that another calf had been saturated with the [redacted] in the same spot (pre-evisceration [redacted] wash). The plant lunch time is a half hour long. the carcasses were saturated and were a bleached white color. The carcasses have the potential for possible water retention, which would be a violation of 9 CFR 441.10 ( no written protocol). The end product must not retain water from the antimicrobial application. Any treatment such as antimicrobial treatments should be described in the protocol. An establishment does not have to maintain a protocol on file if the data or information that clearly demonstrates that its products do not maintain water as a result of the process, e.g., spraying meat with antimicrobial agents where the end product does not retain water from the antimicrobial application FSSIS Directive 6700.1 and 6700.1 Amend 1.
441.10(a) Raw livestock and poultry carcasses and parts will not be permitted to retain water resulting from post- evisceration processing unless the establishment preparing those carcasses and parts demonstrates to FSIS, with data collected in accordance with a written protocol, that any water retained in the carcasses or parts is an unavoidable consequence of the process used to meet applicable food safety requirements.