Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Address: 2782 Drum Rd, Middleport, NY 14105
Establishment No.: m4530
USDA Inspection Report: 5 Aug 2010
Violation: 416.2(a), 416.2(h)(1), 416.4(b)
Citation: Today I conducted an inspection of facilities at est. 4530 in Middleport, NY I applied criteria related to the Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS) set forth in 9CFR 416.2 through 416.5. My observations included: A) Southernmost side of the building: weeds/grass are grown up to app. two feet. The weeds/grass are dense enough to permit harborage/concealment/breeding of pests, and such that a thorough inspection of the building perimeter is not possible; B) Outside storage room adjacent to the retail processing area: an accumulation of trash/debris throughout this room, to the point that inspection of the floor/wall junctures is impossible. Conditions are such that harborage/concealment/breeding of pests (mice) could readily occur. Retail packaging materials were being stored in this room at the time of my inspection, as well as non-related (to slaughter/processing) items. The accumulation of trash is most notable, and as described, does not permit thorough inspection of the room; C) In the windows (employee welfare area, slaughter floor, inspection office), there are active spider webs/accumulations of dead flies. In addition, there is evidence of active spider activity in the bathroom. I discussed these matters with Mr. on this day. This report serves as notice/record of the failure to maintain conditions required by regulation(s) cited in block 6 of this report. Failure to achieve/maintain compliance can result in additional regulatory/administrative action(s). The method to appeal this decision to document noncompliance is outlined in 9CFR306.5.
416.2(a) Grounds and pest control. The grounds about an establishment must be maintained to prevent conditions that could lead to insanitary conditions, adulteration of product, or interfere with inspection by FSIS program employees. Establishments must have in place a pest management program to prevent the harborage and breeding of pests on the grounds and within establishment facilities. Pest control substances used must be safe and effective under the conditions of use and not be applied or stored in a manner that will result in the adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.
416.2(h)(1) ) Dressing rooms, lavatories, and toilets. Dressing rooms, toilet rooms, and urinals must be sufficient in number, ample in size, conveniently located, and maintained in a sanitary condition and in good repair at all times to ensure cleanliness of all persons handling any product. They must be separate from the rooms and compartments in which products are processed, stored, or handled.
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.