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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.
Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791
USDA Inspection Report: 22 Feb 2012
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)
Citation: On February 22, 2012, at approximately 0715 hours, while performing operational sanitation inspection, I observed the following noncompliance in the room 2175, smoke sausage stuffing area. The smokehouse racks located in the staging area besides the raw processing, these racks are made steel, and were rusted, contained food particles, grease from previous use, paper debris, and rusted clips. These racks are large and are used to transport sausage, on rods. The product is loose and comes into contact with these areas of the racks during production of raw material. I performed organoleptic investigation into the insanitary racks by wiping with paper towels over the area, and an excessive amount of grease and rust came off on paper towels. Further, in the same areas loose black debris was observed on the product contact surfaces, and on non product contact surfaces of the rack. On two of the racks there was still an unknown substance that appeared to be product from the previous use. On both the exterior side of the rack, and the interior side of the racks paper contaminates was observed under and around clips used to aid in the identification of product on the racks. This paper was from the previous use and had gone through cleaning and was loose, wet, and flaking. These observances are not in compliance with 9 CFR 416.1, 416.3(a), 416.4(a), and 416.4(b). Furthermore, the establishment failed to implement sufficient monitoring of the racks to prevent insanitary conditions during preoperational monitoring in compliance with 9 CFR 416.13(c). Mr. was notified of the insanitary conditions. I immediately took Regulatory control action as per Regulation 9 CFR 500.2(a) (2).Mr. chop and mix and stuffing room supervisor was notified and he removed the four racks were removed from the area. I observed four racks at that time that were affected and were tagged with USDA Retain/Reject tags #'s B24762444, B 24761530, and B 24761526. B 24762449. Racks were cleaned; sanitized and sanitary conditions were restored. Racks were released at 10:45am. 9 CFR 416.1 because of insanitary conditions to ensure that product is not adulterated, 416.4(d) for not protecting product from adulteration during processing, and 416.13(c) for the establishments failure to adequately monitor the implementation of the sanitation Sop. Mr. smoke house and rack washing supervisor was also notified. Est. SSOP dated 2/7/12, states on page 9 [redacted].” I checked equipment inspection log I only verified that only bacon racks were recorded. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with the regulatory requirements 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.
416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.
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.