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Farmer’s Pride Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 17 May 2012

Code: 06D02
Violation: 381.76(b)

Citation: At 0708 hours, while doing presentation on the East line with Veterinary Student Intern the second stand on the East line failed with a score of 26. The establishment made corrections and the QA retest passed with a score of [redacted], and [redacted] for the first, second, and third stations respectively at 0712 hours. At 0721 hours, at the third inspection stand, the test failed with a score of [redacted] The errors were: 1 Parts inside (1 point total); 2 contamination inside (12 points total); 5 viscera not uniform (40 points total). The viscera not uniform errors were for the birds not being aligned with the trays. The birds were ahead of the tray and not touching their white tray. I notified (Evisceration Lead) of the failure. The line was immediately reduced to [redacted] birds per minute. After several minutes, from QA came but was not aware of any corrective actions being done. There were no evisceration supervisors or managers present. When (Evisceration Supervisor) came, she stated that corrective actions were in place, and QA immediately performed a retest at 0729. The retest passed with scores of [redacted] and [redacted] for the third, second, and first stations respectively. After the company break, the east line was back at [redacted] bpm. The inspector on the third east station had informed me at 0730 that the birds and trays were still regularly going out of alignment and then returning to an acceptable position. Inspector , CSI, and Intern went down to perform another presentation check. The east third stand passed during USDA's check with a score of 21 at 0812 hours. The second stand then failed with a score of 0816 hours. The errors were: 1 contamination inside (6 points); 2 viscera not uniform (16 points total); and 1 contamination on viscera (6 points). The line speed was reduced to [redacted] birds per minute due to the earlier failures. QA performed a retest and passed with a score of [redacted] at 0815 hours. Inspector continued his presentation check at east one at 0826 hours and passed with a 7. The line speed was still at [redacted] bpm. Before he allowed the line speed to return to [redacted] he rechecked the East two stand at 0828 hours due to the earlier failure of [redacted]. As he was performing the check, he saw that the birds were lined up with the white trays rather than the blue trays that belong to the second station. He had 10 viscera not uniform for a total score of [redacted] He then discontinued further testing and immediately reduced the line to [redacted] After discussing with QA that the trays were not aligned and that the issue was not resolving, he informed QA that the lines should stay at [redacted]  Inspector then contacted me to update me on the situation. A few minutes later, (QA Manager), called me to inform me that QA retests had passed and they were going up to [redacted] bpm on the east line. I told her that it was my understanding that Inspector had them held at [redacted] and that they should stay at [redacted] until I came down to evisceration. I arrived in evisceration at approximately 0940. informed me that the lines were at [redacted] and they had plant employees in place to line up birds at the second and third stations of the east line. I told that I had just spoke with and requested the east line stay at [redacted] until I came down. After some discussion with management, which is further documented in the weekly meeting minutes, Lisa was able to fully explain her corrective actions, again explaining t

Regulation:

381.76(b) Presentation: Each inspector shall be flanked by an establishment employee assigned to be the inspector’s helper. The one inspector on the SIS–1 line shall be presented every bird. Each inspector on the SIS–2 line shall be presented every other bird on the line. An establishment employee shall present each bird to the inspector properly eviscerated with the back side toward the inspector and the viscera uniformly trailing or leading. Each inspector shall inspect the inside, viscera, and outside of all birds presented.

 

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