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Hilltown Pork, Inc.,
Address: 12948 Rt 22, Canaan, NY 12029
Establishment No.: m4018
USDA Inspection Report: 14 Dec 2011
Citation: As a outcome of the Food Safety Assement the following deviations were found: [newline]SPS[newline] - On November 03, 2011, I toured the dry storage warehouse and an upstairs storage room. I observed large amounts of debris such a dirt, dust, and mud in the corners of the floor in these rooms. There is also clutter on the floor such as tools, old equipment, extension cords, etc. that block access to inspection along the corners and wall junctions; these areas must be maintained so that it does not interfere with inspection by FSIS personnel and the clutter creates a possible harborage point. In addition, one of the exterior cooler was observed to have a door seal peeling off, which may facilitate the entry of vermin or pests. This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 416.2 (a). [newline]- The rails on the kill floor have a buildup of either condensation or grease that was pooling at a turning point in the rail, however, no dripping was observed. The rails, in cooler holding hog carcasses, had buildup of flaking rust and/or grease on the top of the rail. The goat cooler had some dust buildup on top of the rail. However, no product contamination was observed. An I-beam above the rails was covered in duct tape which may prevent thorough cleaning. The ceiling had a buildup of dust and dirt. This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 416.4 (b). [newline]- The freezer has a buildup of ice below the cooling unit on the floor and around the door and the ice in front of the door contains frozen meat particles. The cooler leading from the kill floor had visible condensation near the cooling unit The rails on the kill floor had condensation present, however, no product contamination was noted. This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 416.2 (d), as the establishment must have a ventilation system that is adequate to control vapor and condensation to prevent the creation of an insanitary condition of product adulteration. [newline]- The cooler and freezer doors throughout the establishment are in disrepair, with corrosion or cracking fiberglass. Exterior coolers do not seal tightly and one was observed to have the seal peeling off. Ice accumulation was observed on the ceiling and floor of the freezer. Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repaired, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in manner that does not result in product adulteration of the creation of insanitary conditions. In regards to the condition of the rails, floors, and ceilings, the establishment is not in compliance with 9 CFR 416.2 (b) (1) and 416.2 (b) (2).
416.1 Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated.
416.2 (b) (1) Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions.
416.2 (b) (2) Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture and be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.