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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 29 Dec 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation: 309.2(a), 310.2

Citation: Today, 12/29/2010 at approximately 1215 hours I was notified by the plant management that an animal which I designated as a suspect in the barn for being lethargic with increased temperature and panting, was missing the head and viscera for the post mortem disposition. Upon this notification I proceeded to inspect the carcass of the aforementioned animal and was unable to complete the post mortem inspection due to the absence of all the associated carcass parts. Therefore the carcass was condemned on the post mortem inspection. The company's suspect identification system failed to maintained identity of an animal as a suspect until it is given final post mortem inspection. All head meat and offal for the last half an hour, which represents all product produced in the time frame this animal was slaughtered, was retained and condemned by the establishment. Since the company took proper corrective actions no regulatory control was applied to the product. At the time of the noncompliance, HIMP Form 0001 (the form used to document deficiencies and corrective actions in the slaughter process) was not available for review. Mr. Kill Floor Supervisor was verbally notified of this noncompliance and failure to meet regulation 9 CFR 309.2 and 310.2 as well as the establishment HIMP SOP 3900-003, Suspect Pen Log Maintenance which states [redacted]." Further communication with the plant management revealed that the ear of the suspect was never cut off and therefore employees on the line failed to properly identify the suspected animal. Management also stated that barn personnel failed to communicate with kill floor personnel when the suspect was being sent to the kill floor. Furthermore the plant failed to follow Establishment 791's HIMP SOP 4000-0017, Retained Carcass Identification which states "[redacted]." Plant management stated that the retained tag was applied to the carcass after it was railed out for trimming and the triple" R" tattoo was observed. The bottom portion of the retained tag remained on the carcass and was never affixed to the viscera or head . Plant management stated that the viscera and head continued on through the production process. This Noncompliance Record serves as a written notification of a monitoring Food Safety Hazard noncompliance. Continue failure to meet regulatory compliance could result to further regulatory enforcement or administrative actions as described in 9 CFR 500.4.

Regulation:

309.2(a) Any livestock which, on antemortem inspection, do not clearly show, but are suspected of being affected with any disease or condition that, under part 311 of this subchapter, may cause condemnation of the carcass on post-mortem inspection, and any livestock which show, on ante-mortem inspection, any disease or condition that, under part 311 of this subchapter would cause condemnation of only part of the carcass on post-mortem inspection, shall be so handled as to retain its identity as a suspect until it is given final post-mortem inspection, when the carcass shall be marked and disposed of as provided in parts 310 and 311 of this subchapter, or until it is disposed of as otherwise provided in this part.

310.2(a) The head, tail, tongue, thymus gland, and all viscera of each slaughtered animal, and all blood and other parts of such animal to be used in the preparation of meat food products or medical products, shall be handled in such a manner as to identify them with the rest of the carcass and as being derived from the particular animal involved, until the post-mortem examination of the carcass and parts thereof has been completed. Such handling shall include the retention of ear tags, backtags, implants, and other identifying devices affixed to the animal, in such a way to relate them to the carcass until the post-mortem examination has been completed.

 

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