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Al-Marwa

Address: 670 E. Cherry Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951
Establishment No.: m09672

USDA Inspection Report: 31 Aug 2011

Code: 03J03
Violation: 301.2_Adulterated, 310.18

Citation: On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at approximately 1040 hours, I performed a Zero Tolerance check in the carcass cooler to verify that all visible fecal, ingesta, and milk had been removed from the beef carcasses in accordance with regulatory requirements. I randomly selected two carcasses, four sides, out the available 9 carcasses in the cooler, in accordance with the establishment’s frequency of “1 in 5 cattle”. The two carcasses selected, #3568 and #369, each had visible fecal contamination on the tail in excess of 1” diameter. Carcass # 3568 also had visible fecal contamination on the brisket, an area measuring approximately ¾” diameter. Carcass #369 was observed to have additional fecal contamination on the exterior surface of the sirloin measuring approximately ¼” in diameter. In light of these findings I continued to expand my zero tolerance inspection to include two more carcasses, #2659 and #2852. Both carcasses were observed to have visible fecal contamination on the tail. Carcass # 2659 had an area of fecal contamination approximately 6½“x½” and also had fecal contamination on the right fore shank measuring approximately ½” in diameter. Carcass #2852 had an area of fecal contamination on the tail approximately 3/8” in diameter. Mr. Kill Floor Supervisor, was [redacted] notified of these deficiencies at approximately 1100 hours. The establishment is in violation of the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 310.18(a), “ 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”. Mr. [redacted] took immediate corrective action, all carcasses were reinspected and any visible contamination was removed. It was not deemed necessary to retain any of the affected product. I conducted a 100% reinspection of the carcasses at approximately 1440 hours and found all carcasses to be in compliance. Mr. [redacted] Plant Manager, was verbally notified of the noncompliance at approximately 1130 hours and in writing with the issuance of this Noncompliance Record. Fecal material is an adulterant, in that is a recognized source of pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. It is therefore imperative that an establishment prevent and/or adequately remove all visible fecal contamination prior to shipping or further processing carcasses, carcass parts, or organs.

Regulation:

301.2 Adulterated. This term applies to any carcass, part thereof, meat or meat food product under one or more of the following circumstances

310.18(a) 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.

 

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