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Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.

Address: Rt. 706, Wyalusing PA 18853
Establishment No.: m09400

USDA Inspection Report: 7 Mar 2012

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.4(b)

Citation: On March 7, 2012, at approximately 0505 hours, I observed a heavy build-up of grease on the rails, switches, and brackets located in the vestibule area of the coolers. At approximately 0515 hours I contacted Mr. [redacted] Dressing Floor Supervisor, of this issue and instructed him of the need to have it corrected before the area could be used for production. After speaking to Mr. [redacted] Mr. [redacted] Dressing Floor Supervisor asked to see the areas of concern so he could lead the plant personnel going to clean the area. As Mr. [redacted] and myself entered the affected area of the coolers I discovered carcasses that had been staged in this area after my initial walk through. While pointing out the areas of the rail system that needed cleaned I witnessed one carcass half that had a heavy grease smear on it that was one inch by one half inch in length. This was pointed out to Mr. [redacted] as well as Mr. [redacted] (who was in the area), the affected area of the carcass was then trimmed and brought back into compliance. This was the only affected product witnessed. The following areas were pointed out to Mr. [redacted] and Mr. [redacted] as being in need of cleaning. The rails that run through the vestibule area and above the stimulator were pointed out for having a heavy build-up of grease. This heavy build-up was located on the top half inch of the rail and was up to one half inch thick on various areas of the rail. The brackets that support the rails were completely packed with this grease build-up in the gap(s) between the rail and the bracket. This area measures approximately four inches long by one half inches wide by one inch deep and was witnessed on all brackets in the vestibule/stimulator area. Three of brackets located over the stimulator also had grease hanging from both sides of the bracket that were up to three inches in length looking similar to little grease ice-cycles. On the rail in the vestibule area there were two switches that were pointed out as needing to be cleaned. Each switch has 2, two inch by two inch holes in them which were nearly or completed filled with excess grease that had built up as well as having heavy build up on the other parts of the switches. These switches move up and down constantly, directly over product throughout the day. There are also two white guides along the rails in the vestibule area that also had a heavy build-up of grease on them as well as between them and the rails. Some of the build-up on these guides was approximately one inch thick by two inches long by one half inch wide. Another area pointed out that needed cleaning was the white flaps inside the hallway the stimulator is in that the carcasses go through prior to the red double doors of the cooler/vestibule area. One of these flaps had a build up of heavy grease on it that was two inches thick by two inches wide by three inches long. The second flap had grease build-up in an area of one half inches wide by one inch long by one half an inch thick. After these areas were cleaned the excess grease was swept up, shoveled up, and removed from the areas. All contact surfaces that were affected by falling grease were hosed down with 180 degree water, wiped down, and re-sanitized. These areas were reinspected and found acceptable for production. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 9 Mar 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 6 Mar 2012

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