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USA Pork Packers Inc

Address: 328 South Wyoming St, Hazelton, PA 18201
Establishment No.: m20760

USDA Inspection Report: 27 Sep 2010

Code: 06D01
Violation: 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.2(d)

Citation: On 27 September 2010, at approximately 1248 hrs, whilst performing an ISP procedure code 06D01, I identified the following noncompliances: (1) Immediately upon exiting from the slaughter floor into the large carcass cooler, condensation was observed dripping from the ventral surface of the stainless steel door jamb; additionally, condensation was observed dripping from rubber flaps surrounding the rail in this area, as well as from the rail itself, the condensation on this rail being contained to an area approximately one meter prior to entry into the cooler & approximately one meter following entry into the cooler; (2) The rail paralleling, and closest to, the south wall of the large carcass cooler contained condensation dripping from it in multifocal locations; (3) The PVC piping located along the south wall of the large carcass cooler was observed to have several icicles forming along its ventral surface, with droplets of water dripping from these icicles; (4) The cooling units above the aforementioned rail in the middle cooler were discovered to contain water dripping from their ventral surfaces; (5) These cooling units were discovered to contain strips of black tape hanging from them in various locations; (6) The walls of the large carcass cooler were found to contain a buildup of organic debris throughout, this organic debris being most prominently located along the south, west, and north walls of the cooler dorsal to the rails and ventral to the ceiling. Upon identification of the noncompliances, I took immediate regulatory control action, stopped the line & affixed US Rejected/US Retained tag number B39443936 to the opening between the slaughter floor & the large carcass cooler; I affixed US Rejected/US Retained tag number B39443946 to the south wall of the large carcass cooler. [redacted] QC, was notified of the noncompliances by approximately 1250 hrs. Establishment employees wiped down all condensation in all areas; at this point, the first US Rejected/US Retained tag was removed & the line was started again. The second tag was removed at approximately 1405 hrs, following my observation of the establishment's actions in that they removed the source of condensation, wrapped units in plastic, and cleaned and sanitized cooler walls. (At the time of noncompliance, no pigs were hanging on the southerly rail of the large carcass cooler; therefore, no direct product adulteration was observed). The establishment is not in compliance with the following regulations: 9 CFR 416.1, which states: "General rules. 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."; 9 CFR 416.2(b)(1), which states: "Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, & compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, & be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, & storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions."; 9 CFR 416.2(b)(2), which states: "Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture & be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions."; 9 CFR 416.2(d), which states: " Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, & condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product & the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided."

Regulation:

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(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.

 

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