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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 16 Mar 2012

Code: 03J02
Violation: 424.21(c)

Citation: Today, March 16, 2012, establishment p1015 was slaughtering organic chickens. After reading the establishment's organic program yesterday, I decided to tour the evisceration area to ensure that the establishment was following their program. While walking by the lung guns, I noticed the water used to sanitize the lung guns was spraying directly on the chickens. As I traced the source of the water, I noticed that the water spraying directly on the product was chlorinated water. At approximately 5:50am, USDA performed three chlorine tests on the water that was directly contacting the birds. The chlorine test kit was provided by the establishment. (Chicken Eviseration Supervisor) was present to watch the tests being performed. The first chlorine test yielded 20-30ppm of chlorine that was being applied directly to the carcasses. The second test yielded 50ppm, and a third test performed resulted in 20-30ppm chlorine in the water. (Assistant Plant Manager) and (Plant Manager) were notified of the findings. According to the documentation found in the HACCP plan from the [redacted]., which operates the FVO Organic Chicken Certification Program, dated December, 3, 2011, there is a restriction for chlorine. The restriction on chlorine materials states "[redacted] ." According to title 7 Code of Federal Regulations, National Organic Program part 205.605, which is also included in the documentation, states that "the following nonagricultural substances may be used as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as 'organic' or 'made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))' only in accordance with any restrictions specified in this section." Under the synthetics allowed section, it states that chlorine materials are allowed as "disinfecting and sanitizing food contact surfaces, Except, That, residual chlorine levels in the water shall not exceed the maximum residual disinfectant limit under the Safe Drinking Water Act." Therefore, the establishment is in violation of their FVO Organic Chicken Certification Program and in violation with 9 CFR 424.2(c). At approximately 6:15am, the establishment turned the chlorinated water spray so that it did not have direct contact with any more chickens. Slaughter was stopped at approximately 7am. Other actions taken by the establishment are to have QA tag all chicken products that were slaughtered today.

Regulation:

424.21(c) The food ingredients specified in the following chart are approved for use in the preparation of meat products, provided they are used for the purposes indicated, within the limit of the amounts stated, and under other conditions specified in this part and Part 317 of this chapter. Part 319 of this chapter specifies other food ingredients that are acceptable in preparing specified meat products. This chart also contains food ingredients that are acceptable for use in poultry products, provided they are used for the purpose indicated, within the limits of the amounts stated and under other conditions specified in this part. No meat or poultry product shall bear or contain any food ingredient that would render it adulterated or misbranded, or which is not approved in this part, or by the Administrator in specific cases.

 

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