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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 15 Feb 2011

Code: 06D02
Violation: 381.67, 381.76(a), 381.76(b)

Citation: At approximately 0522 hours, I performed ISP 06D02 (presentation) on chicken carcasses. A noncompliance score of forty-four (44) was achieved at inspection station number two (2). The remaining stations achieved scores of thirteen (13), thirty-four (34), and thirty (30). the defects included inside errors- three (3) birds with contamination inside; and viscera errors- one (1) bird with contamination on viscera, and one (1) bird with no viscera. I immediately notified Mr. (First Processing Superintendent) of the noncompliance and direct violation of 9 CFR 381.76, 381.67, 381.65, as well as the plant's Meyn Maestro Evisceration System. The speed of the affected line was reduced ten (10) percent and Quality Assurance Technician was inform to perform a retest. The scores from the retest are as follows [redacted] and [redacted]). This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


381.67 The maximum number of birds to be inspected by each inspector per minute under the traditional inspection procedure for the different young chicken and squab slaughter line configurations are specified in the following table. These maximum rates will not be exceeded. The inspector in charge will be responsible for reducing production line rates where in the inspector’s judgment the prescribed inspection procedure cannot be adequately performed within the time available, either because the birds are not presented by the official establishment in such a manner that the carcasses, including both internal and external surfaces and all organs, are readily accessible for inspection, or because the health conditions of a particular flock dictate a need for a more extended inspection procedure. The standards in 381.170(a) of this part specify which classes of birds constitute young chickens and squabs. Section 381.76(b) specifies when either the traditional inspection procedure or the modified traditional inspection procedure can or must be used.

381.76(a) A post-mortem inspection shall be made on a bird-by-bird basis on all poultry eviscerated in an official establishment. No viscera or any part thereof shall be removed from any poultry processed in any official establishment, except at the time of post-mortem inspection, unless their identify with the rest of the carcass is maintained in a manner satisfactory to the inspector until such inspection is made. Each carcass to be eviscerated shall be opened so as to expose the organs and the body cavity for proper examination by the inspector and shall be prepared immediately after inspection as readyto- cook poultry. If a carcass is frozen, it shall be thoroughly thawed before being opened for examination by the inspector. Each carcass, or all parts comprising such carcass, shall be examined by the inspector, except for parts that are not needed for inspection purposes and are not intended for human food and are condemned.

381.76(b)(1) There are five systems of postmortem inspection: Streamlined Inspection System (SIS) and the New Line Speed (NELS) Inspection System, both of which shall be used only for broilers and cornish game hens; the New Turkey Inspection (NTI) System, which shall be used only for turkeys; Traditional Inspection; and Ratite Inspection.


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