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Empire Kosher Poultry

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

USDA Inspection Report: 18 Apr 2012

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

Citation: On 04/18/2012, at approximately 0335 hours after the plants pre-operational sanitation inspection and prior to the start of operations, Mr. (CSI),  performed Pre-Op SSOP Review and Observation in 1st Processing.   He observed multiple spots of black grease on the NUB chickens conveyor approximate 1/16 inch in size, and also piece of skin about 4 1/2 inch on the hock cutters blade (product contact surfaces). In evisceration, there were multiple spots of fat and blood  and what appeared to be fecal material which was about 1/4 inch in size, green in color and pasty in consistency on the shackle guide bars at the back-up opener station on the maestro line. In the chilling area for chickens, I observed a piece of fat, about 1 inch in size, in the bottom of the cat chiller, which had not yet been filled with water (product contact surface).  He notified Mr. and 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) of 9 CFR, 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.   All non-compliances were from a previous days operation.  A similar occurrence was documented as noted in block #6A of this NR.  The proposed further planned actions were either ineffective or not properly applied as demonstrated by todays regulatory and SSOP non-compliance.  Failure to implement effective corrective actions or preventative measures could result on 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. [newline]In second processing at the linco area, Ms. ed (CSI), observed product residue (fat, meat) on the breast belt, the residue was 1 1/2 to 2" in size. This was a product contact area.[newline]The underside of the linco was found to have a greasy build-up on the majority of the belt frame work and the pans at the belt areas. Various frame work in the area of the cutting machinery for the linco was observed to have an abundant overspray of  fat and meat.These areas were shown to (Sanitation Supervisor). No tags applies as these were cleaned in my presence. These are a violation of 9CFR 416.4(a),(b), and your own SSOP.[newline] 


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: 19 Apr 2012
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