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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.
Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791
USDA Inspection Report: 2 Dec 2010
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)
Citation: On 12/02/10 at approximately 2130, room 2280 (Ham Boning) was released for USDA inspection. After the room was released, I performed an 01B02 procedure (pre-operational sanitation) and observed the following noncompliances. One of the pistons for the Opti pump had a greasy accumulation of white residue in a cavity on the back. This residue was approximately 1/4 cubic inches. The other piston for the Opti pump had two residues that were similar in size, placement, and appearance. The affected areas do not appear to be food contact surfaces. There was a patch of whitish residue approximately 1 inch by 2 inches near the top of the hopper for the Opti pump. A scrap of meat approximately 1/2 inch in diameter adhered to the residue. Three skin brakes were found to be in insanitary condition. Each skin brake had product accumulated inside a rubber gasket. The gaskets were 1 to 2 inches in diameter and had small scraps of product along their entire inside length. This is a food contact surface. The plant has a stuffing horn (a device for stuffing meat into packaging) constructed out of a piece of sheet metal rolled into a tube. In the space where the metal overlaps itself to form a tube, there was an area 3 inches by 7 inches long contaminated with dried product This is a food contact surface. The small tumbler in room 2280 had numerous scraps of meat inside. The scraps ranged in size from 1/8 to 1/2 inch with most scraps being around 1/4 inch. The scraps were on nearly every internal surface. The inside of the tumbler is a food contact surface. Each piece of affected machinery was verbally rejected as it was discovered. Rejected machinery was cleaned and reinspected before regulatory action was removed. I immediately informed Production Supervisor, of the noncompliances and of my actions. The plants pre-operational paperwork lists eleven pieces of machinery as deficient due to meat scraps. Among these are the small tumbler and a stuffing horn (not necessarily the one described above). Plant paperwork indicates all eleven deficiencies were cleaned and sanitized prior to being released for USDA inspection. The above non-compliances are in violation of 9 CFR 416.13(c),416.4(a), and 416.4(b). The noncompliances are also in violation of section 2.2 part 3 of the plant's own SSOP (last signed 9/3/10) which states " This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.
416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.
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(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.