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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 23 Sep 2011
Violation: 416.14, 416.4(a), 416.4(b), 416.4(d)
Citation: At approximately 0200 hrs on 9/23/2011, Quality Assurance Technician released the slaughtering area of establishment 01015-P to USDA, FSIS for preoperational inspection. While performing preoperational sanitation, prior to the start of operations but after the establishment’s preoperational sanitation was completed the following noncompliances were found at approximately 0320 hours: 1) In Preop Area # 3 Item # 10- The exit conveyor belt to the chicken soaker had previous day's production residue on the underside of the belt. No tag was apllied to this unit as I remained in the general area. The residue was approximately 1/2" to 1" in size. 2) In Preop Area #3 Item # 40- The incline conveyor had previous day's or days' production residue on the guide bars and metal supports of it. The residue covered approximately 2/3 of the conveyor belt. No tag was applied as I remained in the area until sanitation employees cleaned the unit as it was the last unit in that area to be released. 3) In Preop Area #5 Item # 9- The incline conveyor belt in the chicken salt room area had previous day's/days' production residue on the guide bars, metal supports beside the guide bars, and leg supports for the unit. No tag was applied as it was the last unit selected for the salt room area. It was rejected at approximately 0345 hours. I notified Mr. (Sanitation Foreman) that I was returning to the office and to come and get me when the unit was ready for reinspection, because the next area was not released by Quality Assurance for inspection due to issues with condensation above the chicken chiller. The unit was reinspected at 0352 hours and still found unacceptable. At approximately 0404 hours, the unit was recleaned, sanitized and found acceptable. 4) In Preop Area # 6 Item # 26- The third chicken chiller had black unidentified foriegn materials and pieces of concrete floating in the water. A U.S. Reject tag # B37853408 was applied to the unit at 0405 hours. The plant elected to drain the chiller. The unit was reinspected at approximately 0514 hours and found acceptable.Upon reviewing the establishment’s preoperational records, there’s no evidence that the establishment’s sanitation personnel or Q.A. Techs have discovered these noncompliances, nor is there written documentation of these noncompliances. Mr. was notified of the noncompliance and the direct violation of 9 CFR 416.4(a),(b), & (d), 416.14, as well as the plant's own SSOP plan, SSOP # 1. A similar occurrence was documented on 9/21/2011, under the NR cited in block #6a of this document. I have not received a written response back from the establishment.
416.14 Each official establishment shall routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the Sanitation SOP’s and the procedures therein in preventing direct contamination or adulteration of product(s) and shall revise both as necessary to keep them effective and current with respect to changes in facilities, equipment, utensils, operations, or personnel.
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.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.