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Gold Medal Packing
Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965
USDA Inspection Report: 4 Apr 2011
Violation: 416.4(a), 416.4(b), 416.4(d)
Citation: On this day @ 8;30am, I noticed an employee coming out of the cooler carrying a dirty greasy [redacted] reciprocating saw, which he had just used to cut 20 pork carcasses into primal cuts and had boxed them all. IIC immediately applied the following retain tags to the four pallets; B 30 436506, B 30 436514, B 30 436515 and B 30 436520. I notified of the situation of using a dirty greasy [redacted] from the maintenance department to cut pork into primal cuts, potentially contaminating the primal cuts. IIC supervised as all the boxes were opened and all the pork primals were trimmed and brought back to an acceptable condition and repackaged. Using a dirty greasy [redacted] creates an insanitary condition and the potential to contaminate the product which is a violation of 9CFR 416.4(a),(b), and (c). Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: failure to prevent sanitary conditions and sanitary equipment NR: 2-2011 dated 1/21/2011; NR: 65-2010 dated 12/30/2010; NR: 62-2010 dated 12/28/2010; NR: 52-2010 dated 11/9/2010; NR: 50-2010 dated 11/5/2010
416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.
416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.