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Nicholas Meats, L.L.C.
Address: 72 Barrville Rd, Belleville, PA 17004
Establishment No.: m4465
USDA Inspection Report: 30 Apr 2012
Violation: 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(d)
Citation: On 30 April 2012, at approximately 1315 hrs, as I was giving a break at the final rail, I noted the following noncompliance at the splitting station: A carcass that had been split with the prtable white splitting saw with the coiled yellow cord had been split earlier using this aformentioned portable splitting saw. The carcass had not been reconditioned following splitting, despite the fact it was noticed that the yellow cord came in contact with the floor of the splitting station on numerous occasions; it should be noted that this floor comes in direct contact with the sole of the foot of the plant employee who is assigned to this station. When the plant employee circled around to the ventral surface of the cow (imagined as though the cow were still alive) and proceeded to attempt to split the carcass caudally to cranially, but inside of the carcass, the yellow cord was observed to come in contact with the carcass of the cow, primarilly cranial (ventral) to the shoulder. Upon identification of the noncompliance, I affixed US Rejected/US Retained tag number B43737025 to one of the halves of the carcass that was adulterated. Foreman (aka " was notified of the noncompliance soon after occurrence. The establishment trimmed and removed all adulterated product to my full satisfaction by approximately 1325 hrs; at this point, the carcass was released. Additionally, the plant cleaned and sanitized the aforementioned splitting saw. (It should be noted that the splitting saw, and its cord, was resting directly on the floor of the splitting station during lunch break). The establishment is not in compliance with the following regulations: 9 CFR 416.3(a); 9 CFR 416.4(a); & 9 CFR 416.4(d).
416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.
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.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.