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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791

USDA Inspection Report: 28 Sep 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation: 417.2(e)

Citation: Today 09/28/2010 at approximately 0800 hours while performing procedure 03J01 in Room 2495 (Kill Floor) I observed noncompliance. I observed the Carcass Retain Rail with several hog carcasses on it with the carcasses touching each other. Company personnel continued to rail out several other carcasses which continued to stack the carcasses against each other. I surveyed the area and saw no company personnel assigned to work with the off line carcasses in the immediate area. I did see a Technical Services technician near by but there was no action taken to resolve the noncompliance. I immediately took regulatory control action as described in 9 CFR 500.2(a)(2) by stopping production and I notified plant management. I also placed U. S. Retain Tag # B 2463950 on a carcass that had touched the abscessed lung of a retained carcass. The left brisket of the carcass was pressed inside the right thoracic cavity of the retained carcass containing approximately half the lung with a broken abscess (green puss) approximately 3 inches in diameter. When the carcasses were separated, production resumed. I verified the trimming and the spraying of the railed out carcasses with a lactic acid solution. I reviewed Establishment 791's HIMP record HIMP Form 0001 and observed no documentation of this noncompliance. Ms. Food safety Manager was verbally notified of this noncompliance and the failure to meet regulatory requirement 9 CFR 417.2(e) as well as Establishment 791's HACCP Pork Slaughter Plan dated 5/24/10 which states in the Hazard analysis, 28) [redacted]. It does provide a means of controlling the hazards through the critical control points already present in the program. The carcass retain rail is the holding area for dispositions or carcasses having need of extensive trimming. Since carcasses on the retain rail are not permitted to come in contact with each other, the spread of microbiological problems from one carcass to another is not likely to occur." Also Establishment 791 failed to follow their HIMP Program dated 8/31/2010 which states in HIMP SOP 4000-0018, [redacted]." This document serves as written notification of a HACCP implementation noncompliance. Continued failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in further enforcement and/or administrative action as described in 9 CFR 500.4.


417.2(e) Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 456, 463, 608, and 621, the failure of an establishment to develop and implement a HACCP plan that complies with this section, or to operate in accordance with the requirements of this part, may render the products produced under those conditions adulterated.


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