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Champlain Beef Inc.
Address: 9679 State Rt 4, Whitehall, NY 12887
Establishment No.: m8547
USDA Inspection Report: 7 Jan 2011
Violation: 310.18, 417.2(c)(4)
Citation: At approximately 1530 hours while conducting a hands-on verification procedure to assess the adequacy of the establishment's procedure to ensure that carcasses are free of fecal material, ingesta, and milk I observed the following noncompliance in the hot cooler. One side of beef had fecal contamination on the outer surface. Specifically, I observed a carcass (#277) that had fecal contamination on the flank area. The fecal material was brown in color, with fibrous material. Upon closer inspection, the area of fecal contamination was focal, well defined, and measured approximately 1/4 of an inch in greater linear dimension. I immediately notified Mr. HACCP manager, of the aforementioned noncompliance. At that time he was in the cooler with Dr. Dr. also observed the fecal contamination and observed three firm black particles measuring approximately 1/16 of an inch on the foreleg. Upon closer examination of other carcasses in the cooler a few had similar firm black flecks. The areas of visible contamination were trimmed under our direct supervision. The carcasses were re-inspected and released upon removal of visible contamination. A review of the establishment's Zero Tolerance Carcass Check CCP 1B showed that the last monitoring check was performed at 1509 hours, with no deviation documented. This noncompliance is a failure to comply with regulatory requirements prescribed in 9 CFR 310.18(a) and 417.2(c)(4), as well as their failure to effectively implement the plant's own Slaughter HACCP Plan. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action as outlined in 9 CFR 500.4. As always you have the right to appeal.
310.18 Carcasses, organs, and other parts shall be handled in a sanitary manner to prevent contamination with fecal material, urine, bile, hair, dirt, or foreign matter; however, if contamination occurs, it shall be promptly removed in a manner satisfactory to the inspector.
417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;