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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 12 Oct 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation: 417.2(e)

Citation: Today 10/12/2010 at approximately 1345 hours while performing procedure 03J01 in Room 2495 (Kill Floor) I observed the following noncompliance. The Carcass Retain Rail had approximately 30 hog carcasses on it with the carcasses pushed together touching each other. Most of these carcasses were contaminated with fecal material and/or ingesta. I immediately notified plant management and took regulatory control action as described in 9 CFR 500.2(a)(2) by stopping production and retaining these carcasses by placing U. S. Retain Tag #'s B 24763946 & B 24763947. Also a carcass was retained by company personnel for veterinary disposition and was grossly contaminated with dripping wet greenish fecal material. This carcass, which was condemned by the IIC for Peritonitis, grossly cross contaminated 2 other carcasses which I also retained. One of these carcasses on the retain rail (U. S. Retain Tag 2463956) was contaminated as it was pushed up against the company retained carcass and had 2 large smears of fecal material approximately 18 inches long and 3 inches wide inside the carcass on the split back bone. The other carcass (U. S. Retain Tag # B 24763959) had fallen on the floor and a large amount of fecal material dripped from the company retained carcass on to it. I verified the trimming and the spraying with a lactic acid solution of all the U. S. retained carcasses. I reviewed Establishment 791's HIMP record, HIMP Form 0001 and observed 3 retain rail separation checks were performed with no deficiencies recorded. Mr. Kill Floor Supervisor 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 10/11/10 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 [redacted]." On 09/28/2010 a similar noncompliance with the same root cause of improper spacing on the retain rail was documented on Noncompliance Record # 0069-2010-17436. Establishment 791's stated preventive measures were "Production Team Members involved in this deviation were retrained on the importance keeping the carcasses separated to prevent cross-contamination. Technical Services Technician was also retrained on the importance of taking control of the carcasses on the retain rail of they are separated." These preventive measures were either ineffective or not implement and failed to prevent the recurrence of this noncompliance. The developing trend of this noncompliance was discussed at approximately 1445 hours with Mr. Cut/Kill Superintendent. 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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