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Groff Meats

Address: 33 North Market St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Establishment No.: m09442

USDA Inspection Report: 23 Sep 2011

Code: 01D01
Violation: 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.2(b)(3), 416.2(c), 416.4(a)

Citation: At approximately 0930 hrs. on September 23, 2011, during a walk through of the plant the following issues were observed: 1. In the RTE room it was noticed that 2 overhead lights were not in working order. 2. The Ketttle in the kettle room has sharp edged around the middle of the kettle, this possess not only a sanitation issue but also a shfety issue. 3. In the cutting room the cabinet against the wall next to the scale is starting to mold and needs cleaned. This cabinet is used to store tape to seal the boxes with and order forms for customers. 4. The sacle in the cutting room has residue from previous days work on the face of the scale. 5. The handle on the cooler door going from the cutting room into the cooler is rusty and starting to flake off. 6. The Clean Rods the are used in the stuffing room to hang product on racks are in a blue barrel that needs to be cleaned, it was noticed that the bottom of the barrel has a dirty residue from previous use. 7. Also in the Stuffing room two big overhead lights are not working. 8. In the Marinating room cooler the wall all the way in the back of the cooler has duct tape covering many holes. Also the ceiling was noticed to have condensation and rusty screw heads. 9. The door leading into the smoke house has a hole where a handle was replaced. 10. On the loading dock a tank filled with water is used to soak racks that are used in the smokehouse. This tank is cleaned once a week and has a layer of brownish yellow scum on the top and build up of dirt on the outside of the tank. This is creating an insanitary condition and a media to attract flies and other insects, 11. The door leading from the kill floor into the live pens has a hole in the bottom right side. Also in the hallway from the kill floor the window from the restroom has a screen that is torn. 12.The screens in front of the fan of the cooling units in the coolers have a buildup of dust and residue on them,also the door frames have mold and condensation on the seals. 13. In the cutting room there are six objects approximately 3 inch long wrapped with black electrial tape hanging from the ceiling, also on the wall where the scale is one of the pipes is wrapped with insulation and then wrapped with plactic. The plactic is starting to come undone. This is a potential hazard because the in insulation could fall into the meat being cut and packed in this room. 14. Signs need to be placed above sinks to identify them for equipment, handwash or product wash stations. 15. The white cutting boards used for cutting raw meat have deep cuts from using saws on them. 16. The wall in the slaughter room behind where the singer is operated is black from the singer and grease buildup. Numbers 3,6 and 10 have been tagged with USDA Rejection tags # B18794257, B38754731 and B18794260. The plant is not compling with Regulations 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(c), 416.4(a),416.1,416.2(b)(2) and 416.2(b)(3). Mr. [redacted] was verbally notified of these noncompliance.


416.1 Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated.

416.2(b)(1) Construction. Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.2(b)(2) Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture and be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.2(b)(3) Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and other outside openings must be constructed and maintained to prevent the entrance of vermin, such as flies, rats, and mice.

416.2(c) Light. Lighting of good quality and sufficient intensity to ensure that sanitary conditions are maintained and that product is not adulterated must be provided in areas where food is processed, handled, stored, or examined; where equipment and utensils are cleaned; and in hand-washing areas, dressing and locker rooms, and toilets.

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.


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