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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.
Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791
USDA Inspection Report: 17 Oct 2010
Violation: 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.4(b)
Citation: Starting at approximately 0122 hrs. on 10/18/10 while conducting an unscheduled 06D01 in 2148 (Smokes houses) and 2149 (Belly Injection) I observed the following noncompliances. At 0122 I observed a black substance (later revealed to be paint) on five 2' by 2' overhead ventilation gratings in room 2148. The paint was obviously flaking off the gratings, because each grating had several irregular patches of bare metal where the paint had come off. There was no exposed product in the room at the time of the observation. Product moves beneath or is stored beneath the effected area throughout the day. I immediately took verbal regulatory control of the area beneath the grating and informed Production Supervisor, of the noncompliance and my actions. While the plant took steps to fix the problem, I maintained verbal regulatory control and expanded my investigation. At approximately 0150 in 2149, I discovered a fan with an unidentified black substance on its grill. Pieces of this substance were also flaking off. You could see pieces of the substance both partially attached and moving in the air current generated by the fan. No product was in the path of the fan's current at the time of the observation. I again informed of the regulatory noncompliance. The fan was turned off and a plastic bag was placed over it. At approximately 0240 in room 2148, I observed an insanitary condition in a space beneath the stairs to the top of the smoke house. There was an area of the floor approximately 2' by 3' covered in a mixture of black flaky char and product that was about 3/8" deep. Also, there was dried product on the wall beneath the stair. The largest pieces of this product was approximately 1" by 2". I again informed of the noncompliance. After the plant removed the gratings from 2148 and covered the holes left by the missing gratings with plastic, I released the room for production. The plant has failed to meet the requirements of 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), and 416.4(b).
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) 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.
416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.