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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 7 Mar 2012

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

Citation: On 03/06/2012, at approximately 0340 hours while performing Pre-Op SSOP Review and Observation in the Evisceration department, after the plants pre-operational sanitization inspection and prior to the start of operations I observed non-compliances on the Meyn-Maestro Cropper machine, Long Low Vic machine, kidney remover machine and chicken back rack. The chicken cropper had multiple white spots with what appeared to be product grease from previous productions and where in approximate sizes of 1/16 inch up to approximately one inch, There were feathers ranging in sizes of 3/4 to 1 inch and multiple pieces of fat in the cropper brush ranging in sizes of approximately 11/2 inches. I also observed what appeared to be maintenance grease, white in color1/4 inchwideby 2 inches long on the Lung Low-Vic machine. The kidney remover machine was found with what appeared to be product grease and feathers on the bird supports of multiple stations of this machine. A mobile hang back rack in the area of the cropper was found withwhite grease like residue, blood, and fat ranging in sizes of 1/16 to 1/4 inch. I immediately notified Mr. (Sanitation Manager) of the non compliance of 9 CFR 416.4(a) and 416.13(c) and took regulatory control action. No USDA rejection tags were placed as I remained in the area until corrective actions were taken and I re-inspected the above mentioned areas which were found to be acceptable. At 0354 hours Ireleased the areas to production. All deficiencies were from a previous days operation. A similar occurrence was documented as noted in block 6a of this NR. Failure to initiate effective corrective actions and preventative measures could result in additional regulatory and/or administrative actions. You are hereby advised of your 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: 14 Mar 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 7 Mar 2012

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