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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.
Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791
USDA Inspection Report: 2 Jan 2011
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.2(d), 416.4(d)
Citation: On the morning of 01/03/11 at approximately 0157 hrs., while conducting an 01C02 (operational sanitation) procedure in room 2265 (Smoke Houses), I observed the following noncompliance. Several racks of raw picnic hocks were stored immediately outside the door to smoke house number seven. A plant employee opened the door to smoke house number seven and a large volume of steam was released. I observed the employee monitor the finished temperature of fully cooked RTE smoked necks inside the smokehouse. Meanwhile, condensation formed on a painted beam (a non-food contact surface) outside the smokehouse. The brown, smoke scented condensation then began to trickle from the beam onto one rack of raw picnic hocks. This is direct product contamination. The same employee mentioned above moved the rack of affected product and began wiping down the overhead condensation, but did not seem to recognize product had been contaminated. I immediately tagged the affected product with US Retained Tag B24762231. I immediately notified QA technician, of the noncompliance and of my regulatory control action. The rack of affected product is still retained at the time of this writing. There was no note of these conditions in the SSOP paperwork. This contamination of product is in violation of the plant's own SSOP (last signed 9/3/10). Sec 3.4.1 part 1 of the plant's SSOP states [redacted]" SSOP section 3.2 part 7 requires the plant to " [redacted]." The above noncompliance is also in violation of 9CFR 416.13(c), 416.2(d), and 416.4(d). NR #85-2010 dated 11/17/2010 was written for condensation dripping on product in room 2265. In response to this NR, the plant repaired the air exchange as a preventative action. This action has either not yet been implemented or has been ineffective to prevent product from being contaminated by condensation.
416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.
416.2(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.