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

USDA Inspection Report: 25 Oct 2011

Code: 03J02
Violation: 417.4(a)(2)(ii), 417.4(a)(2)(iii), 417.5(a)(3), 417.5(b), 417.5(c)

Citation: On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at approximately 1500 hours, I observed a truck at the shipping dock being loaded with sheep, goat and beef carcasses. I noticed that the inventory of carcasses in the cooler did not appear to represent the day’s kill of [redacted] beef, [redacted] veal, and [redacted] sheep and goats. I immediately reviewed the HACCP records associated with the day’s slaughter production. Review of HACCP Form #ALM-003 indicated that results had been documented for CCP 1 Zero Tolerance; however, no daily verification results for direct observation or record review had been documented. Likewise, review of HACCP Form #ALM-005 indicated that no results had been documented for either monitoring or verification of CCP [redacted]. In addition, review of HACCP Form # ALM-003 indicated that no Pre-shipment Review had been documented for today’s slaughter production. I then began to inquire as to which carcasses had been loaded on the truck. Employees immediately available were not able to communicate effectively in English. I requested to speak to Mr. [redacted] Slaughter Floor Manager. Mr. [redacted] initially stated that the carcasses loaded were from the previous day’s slaughter. In the meantime, the truck with the carcasses had left the premises. [newline]After counting carcasses in the cooler with Mr. [redacted] it was determined that in fact 1 veal and 24 lambs from today’s slaughter had been shipped prior to the completion of the pre-shipment review and without completion of required HACCP records documenting the monitoring and verification that critical limits had been met at identified Critical Control Points as described above. Mr. [redacted] stated that all of the procedures identified in the HACCP plan, including the monitoring and verification of Critical Control Points had been performed; however, due to the high volume kill and the busyness of the day, they had not been documented. Mr. [redacted] then immediately filled out the forms and had the verifier complete the forms as well. The Pre-shipment review, including record review of the Slaughter Inspection Report, was completed by [redacted] and a time of 1:30 PM was recorded; however, the review occurred at 3:30PM, after product had been shipped. I immediately had the form corrected with to document the actual time the review occurred. The Lactic Acid report was signed and a monitoring time of 1:30 PM was recorded. The verification section of the Lactic Acid Report was signed and a time of 3:40 PM was recorded. I explained to plant management that the pre-shipment review could not have been properly completed at 3:30 PM if the Lactic Acid Report had not been completed until 3:40 PM. [newline]The actions of establishment employees as described above have resulted in noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.4(a)(2)(ii), 417.4(a)(2)(iii), 417.5(a)(3), 417.5(b), and 417.5(c). Furthermore, the actions of establishment employees as described above indicate a lack of understanding of the regulatory requirements for record keeping, specifically for the regulatory requirements of the pre-shipment review. Mr. [redacted] and Mr. [redacted] Plant Manager, were verbally notified of this noncompliance at approximately 1530 hours and in writing with the issuance of this noncompliance record. [newline][newline]The purpose of the Pre-shipment Review, as provided for in 9 CFR 417.5(c), is to ensure public safety by verifying, prior to shipping product, that all records associated with the production of that particular product are complete and accurate, thus furth


417.4(a)(2)(ii) Ongoing verification activities. Ongoing verification activities include, but are not limited to: (i) The calibration of process-monitoring instruments; Direct observations of monitoring activities and corrective actions; and

417.4(a)(2)(iii) The review of records generated and maintained in accordance with § 417.5(a)(3) of this part.

417.5(a)(3) Records documenting the monitoring of CCP’s and their critical limits, including the recording of actual times, temperatures, or other quantifiable values, as prescribed in the establishment’s HACCP plan; the calibration of process-monitoring instruments; corrective actions, including all actions taken in response to a deviation; verification procedures and results; product code(s), product name or identity, or slaughter production lot. Each of these records shall include the date the record was made.

417.5(b) Each entry on a record maintained under the HACCP plan shall be made at the time the specific event occurs and include the date and time recorded, and shall be signed or initialed by the establishment employee making the entry.

417.5(c) Prior to shipping product, the establishment shall review the records associated with the production of that product, documented in accordance with this section, to ensure completeness, including the determination that all critical limits were met and, if appropriate, corrective actions were taken, including the proper disposition of product. Where practicable, this review shall be conducted, dated, and signed by an individual who did not produce the record(s), preferably by someone trained in accordance with § 417.7 of this part, or the responsible establishment official.


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