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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 22 Mar 2012

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

Citation: On 03/22/2012, at approximately 0330 hours after the plants pre-operational sanitation inspection and prior to the start of operations, I performed Pre-Op SSOP Review and Observation in 1st Processing. I observed multiple spots on the NUB chicken’s conveyor of black grease approximate 1/16 inch, and blood mixed with fat approximate ½ inch, and feathers covering about 1 inch. There is also residue fat in multiple spots on the shackle guide bars in the picking room. I also observed at the rehang conveyor for turkeys, specks of fat, white in color, and approximately 1 1/2 inch in size, along with multiple spots of grease mixed with fat on the top of shackles in the same area. I observed multiple spots with feathers and fat white in color and various sizes on the bird unloader before the turkey chiller. The noncompliances listed, which are from a previous days operations, contain both product contact and non-product contact surfaces. I notified Mr. the sanitation manager. I took regulatory control action by remaining in the area until corrective actions were completed. The establishment failed to comply with regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.4(a), and 416.4(b) and their own SSOP. The plants monitoring record was not yet available, but I was verbally informed by QA, that the area was released for production prior to my inspection. A similar occurrence was documented as noted in block 6a of this NR. The proposed preventative measures stated, “To address the recent sanitation issues there will be a post pre-op meeting scheduled daily at 5:30 am in office with representatives from QA, maintenance, production, and sanitation to discuss pre-op issues, corrective and preventive actions taken, and areas of weakness…” were either ineffective, or not properly applied as demonstrated by today’s regulatory and SSOP non-compliance. 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.

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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 23 Mar 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 21 Mar 2012

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