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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 16 Feb 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.4(a)

Citation: On 02/16/2011 at approximately 0348 hours, while performing Pre-operational SSOP Review and Observation in the Evisceration department after the plants pre-operational sanititation inspection and prior to the start of operations, I observed multiple red blood clots, about ½ inch and ¼ inch on multiple multi-colored viscera trays (product contact surfaces) at the second inspection station on the MEYN/maestro chicken line. I rejected the unit and informed Mr. the sanitation manager. Corrective actions were taken in my presence. I re-inspected and released the trays after the plant completed their corrective actions at 0400. The plants SSOP monitoring form was not yet available at the time of my inspection, but I was verbally notified by QA, that the area had been inspected and released for production at 0245. The establishment failed to comply with the requirements of 9CFR 416.13(c) and 416.4(a). The documented non-compliance is from a previous day’s operation. At approximately 0350 hrs while performing preoperative sanitation inspection in the POSS room area, inspector found the vein and screw mechanism for the V-mag stuffer with what appeared to be rust like film on direct product contact surfaces. The rust like material was found throughout many surfaces of the vein and screws. Inspector immediately notified Ms. (sanitation supervisor) of the noncompliance. Ms. took immediate corrective actions. No USDA tag was applied as inspector remained in the area until corrective actions were completed. Equipment was released at approximately 0405 hrs. A similar occurrence was documented on the NR cited in block # 6a above and on NR ARE5407023507N/1, dated 02/07/2012, which cited proposed further planned actions to prevent reoccurrence that stated “The sanitation employee responsible for cleaning the MEYN line was shown the area of non-compliance and was instructed to hand scrub the multi-colored trays daily to prevent a re-occurrence”. The proposed further planned actions were either ineffective or not properly applied as demonstrated by today’s regulatory and SSOP failure. Failure to initiate effective corrective actions may result in additional regulatory and/or administrative actions. You are advised of you right to appeal this decision as delineated by 381.35 of 9 CFR.


416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.

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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 20 Feb 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 14 Feb 2012

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