Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Address: 350 Yaphank Ave, Yaphank, NY 11980
Establishment No.: m4675
USDA Inspection Report: 12 Jul 2011
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.2(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)
Citation: On July 12, 2011 at 0730 hours after the plant had completed pre-operational sanitation inspection and prior to the start of operations I observed the following non-compliance(s): Approximately eight one inch insects were observed in the sticking/bleed area, five appeared to be deceased on the floor while three were observed to be crawling up the wall in this area. There were an additional four deceased insects in the product dressing area. A regulatory control action was immediately initiated restricting the use of these areas with USDA Reject tag #B30430772 this is in non-compliance with 9CFR416.2(a) addressing grounds and pest management. There were two carcass hooks that were to be used in this days production lying on the final wash stand, there was no barrier between where the hooks were lying and where employees feet come in contact with this surface. A regulatory control action was immediately initiated by placing a USDA Reject tag#B38033344 on this equipment restricting its use. Also the viscera truck was observed to have product residue approximately 4 black spots from previous operations adhered to it. It also contained a soapy water residue. A regulatory control action was immediately initiated by placing a USDA reject tag #B38033340 restricting the use of this equipment. The above two non-compliance(s) are in violation of 9CFR416.4(a) addressing sanitary operation of food contact surface, cleaning and sanitizing. It was observed throughout the establishment there is product residue adhered to the walls and the ceiling from previous production, there was fat from a previous production adhered to the door of the offal room, a three inch piece of fat was adhered to a pipe to the right of the offal room door. A regulatory control action was immediately initiated in this area to restrict it's use by placing USDA reject tag#B24791611. This is in violation of 9CFR416.4(b) addressing non-food contact surface, cleaning & sanitizing. This establishment is in non-compliance of 9CFR416.13(c) which states...Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation oft the procedures in the sanitation SOP's. At the time there was no product involved, this was a pre-operational procedure. Mr. Meat Manager and Mr. Assistant Butcher was immediately notified of all non-compliance(s). Managements reaction was to cancel the slaughter and address all deficiencies by sanitizing the areas and equipment mentioned. Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: They will try to be more thorough in the future. NR: 2-2011 dated 7/7/2011
416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.
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.
416.4(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.