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Address: 922 Country Rt 53, Brasher Falls, NY, 13613
Establishment No.: m4499
USDA Inspection Report: 1 Jun 2011
Citation: At 0745 hours while performing a scheduled 01C01 verification of the daily documentation of the establishments monitoring and implementation of their Sanitation SOP the following noncompliance was observed from the establishment's sanitation and SRM records. 1) There were no written entries on the sanitation record documenting establishment findings for operational sanitation on the kill floor yesterday, Tuesday (05/31/11). Sanitation records for a previous day are required by regulation to be completed and available for FSIS review at the beginning of the processing shift (0745 hours) the next day. 2) One beef animal was slaughtered yesterday and that animal was classified as being 30 months of age or older. The establishment SRM control record listed that one animal had been slaughtered yesterday and it was documented that this animal was less than 30 months of age. In the establishment SSOP for SRM removal it is listed under #6 that "[redacted]." I talked with , Haccp/QC Manager about these findings. was unaware that the Sanitation Checklist for operations on the kill floor had not been documented. also mentioned that he had documented the SRM record and had thought the beef animal slaughtered yesterday was under 30 months of age. Through observation in the Holding Cooler it was observed that employees on the kill floor had properly tagged this animal with an "Old Cow" tag. It is very important that age determination is carried throughout the slaughter and processing steps in order for proper removal of age related SRM's. This is a violation of 9 CFR 416.16 (a). Further investigation has revealed no linkage with respect to previous noncompliances with the same cause in the recent past.
416.16(a) Each official establishment shall maintain daily records sufficient to document the implementation and monitoring of the Sanitation SOP’s and any corrective actions taken. The establishment employee(s) specified in the Sanitation SOP’s as being responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the procedure(s) specified in the Sanitation SOP’s shall authenticate these records with his or her initials and the date.