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Empire Kosher Poultry

Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015

USDA Inspection Report: 30 Jun 2010

Code: 01B02
Violation:  416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(d)

Citation: While performing ISP 01B02 in establishment 01015-P, prior to the start of operations but after the establishment's preoperational sanitation was completed and after the Quality Assurance technicians had released the area to FSIS, on 6/30/2010. At approximately 0325 hours, the following noncompliances were found: 1) In Preop Area # 1 Item # 19- Conveyors and sinks for system # 1 had blood, feathers, and used apron strings from previous day's production. The blood and feathers covered both sides of the miscut conveyor belt. The entire framework (next to office) had approximately 25 used strings removed from it. No tag was applied, as I remained in the area until the unit was recleaned and resanitized by sanitation employees. I reinspected the unit and found it acceptable at 0338 hours. 2) In Preop Area # 4 Item # 22- The turkey soaker chute had black mold-like substance on the backside of it. It covered the upper side of the chute. No tag was applied, as I remained in the area. 3) In Preop Area # 6 Item # 34- The" Kill Cat" dip tank had what appeared to be white chunks of chicken fat floating in the water. The plant elected to drain the dip tank. I immediately notified Mr. (Sanitation Manager) of these noncompliances. This is the direct violation of 9 CFR 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(d), as well as the plant's own SSOP plan, SSOP # 1. 9 CFR 416.3(a), which may include but is not limited to equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling any poultry or poultry product shall be kept clean, sanitary, in good repair, and ensure cleanliness in the preparation and handling of all edible poultry product and avoid adulteration and misbranding of such products. Also, establishment 01015-P, SSOP # 1 states that [redacted] Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Ineffective cleaning and monitoring of equipment by sanitation personnel. NR: 17-2010 dated 6/23/2010 This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.

Regulation:

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(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.

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