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Farmer’s Pride Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 8 Feb 2011

Code: 03J01
Violation: 381.65(e), 417.2(c)(4)

Citation: At approximately 0245 hours, while performing a test for finished product standards on the east evisceration line at the pre-chill station, Performance of this check is part of procedure 04C04. I randomly selected ten poultry carcasses from the east evisceration line and inspected them for Processing Nonconformance/Trim Nonconformance. I observed fecal material on one of the ten randomly selected test carcasses. I took a regulatory control action of the east evisceration line by stopping production. At close examination, I observed two drops of fecal material (side by side) on the outside surface of keel bone location approximately one inch from the keel bone tip. The fecal material was dark greenish in color, semi-solid, pasty consistency. This is a failure for zero tolerance of visible fecal material and a failure of CCP#3B of plants HACCP plan. (1st Processing Manager) was informed of my finding. The affected carcass was taken by plant management. This is the last point before the chill system when control can be exerted to prevent the contaminated bird from entering the chill system in violation of regulation 9 CFR 381.65 (e) as well as 9 CFR 417.2(c) (4).The establishment has identified fecal material to be a hazard in its hazard analysis and controls the hazard with CCP#3B. Fecal material harbors microorganisms and possible pathogens and must be prevented from entering into the chill system. I then performed a 03J02 procedure for the specific lot (Lot #4) for all CCP's plus the preshipment review. Establishment management has received oral and written notification concerning this noncompliance. FSIS would expect the establishment to have procedures in place to prevent the reoccurrence of contaminated birds from entering the chill system. This failure to comply with regulatory requirement could result in additional enforcement action described in 9 CFR parts 500.


381.65(e) Poultry carcasses contaminated with visible fecal material shall be prevented from entering the chilling tank.

417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 15 Feb 2011
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 7 Feb 2011

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