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Farmer’s Pride Inc.

Address: 154 West Main St, Fredricksburg, PA, 17026
Establishment No.: p1304

USDA Inspection Report: 23 Sep 2010

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.15(a), 416.2(e), 416.4(a), 416.4(d)

Citation: At approximately 1115 hours, while walking through the Salvage Parts/Reprocessing Stations I observed the following noncompliance: black UFM's ((Unidentified Foreign Materials) specks various size on the salvage parts (Wings, Thighs, Legs and Breasts) at the two salvage part stations, black UFM's on two poultry carcasses at reprocessing station1, black UFM's on poultry carcass on the cone at reprocessing station 2, black UFM's on the reprocessing stations and salvage part stations product contact surfaces too numerous to count. I immediately rejected/retained all reprocessing stations, salvage part stations and product with US Rejected/Retained Tag B39 801333. I informed (1st Processing Manager) of my regulatory control action. I also informed Dr. (IIC) of my observation. After further examination, the UFM's specks was coming from the water supply at the Reprocessing/Salvage part stations. I then proceeded to the reprocessing station to inspect poultry carcasses that were released by production. I observed black UFM's various size on three of the four poultry carcasses inside a gray barrel (Reprocessing Barrel). I retained the gray barrel of poultry carcasses (approximately twenty poultry carcasses) with US Retained Tag B39 801333. Why retained the gray barrel of poultry carcasses I observed a plant employee leaving the evisceration department with poultry salvage parts inside a white tote, so I proceeded to the poultry salvage parts area in the cut-up department. I inspect the salvage parts tank that the plant employee placed the salvage parts in, I observed black UFM's specks on four boneless skinless breasts. I retained the tank of poultry salvage parts with US Retained Tag B39 801330. I informed ) of my observation. All affected product was condemned by plant management. At approximately 1320 hours, after sanitary conditions were restored and the process was under control, I relinquished the regulatory control actions on the reprocessing/salvage parts stations. After further communication with plant management I was informed by management at approximately 1030 hours they was aware of the problem with the black UFM's specks in the water supply and they were working on fix the problem. Establishment immediate corrective actions were ineffective to prevent further cross contamination of product. After reviewing the plant's Operational Sanitation records and GMP Monitor's records there were no entries documented prior to my observation of the noncompliance. The Establishment SSOP Plan under Operational Sanitation, revisions effective 03-18-2008: Processing "[redacted] Establishment management has received oral and written notification concerning this noncompliance. The noncompliance involved direct products cross contamination. This document serves as a written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirement could result in additional enforcement action described in 9 CFR part 500.


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

416.15(a) Each official establishment shall take appropriate corrective action(s) when either the establishment or FSIS determines that the establishment’s Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein, or the implementation or maintenance of the Sanitation SOP’s, may have failed to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s).

416.2(e) Plumbing. Plumbing systems must be installed and maintained to:

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(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 24 Sep 2010
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