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B.C. Natural Chicken
Address: 2609 U.S. Rt 22, Fredricksburg, PA 17026
Establishment No.: p493
USDA Inspection Report: 28 Jun 2010
Violation: 381.76(a), 381.77
Citation: On 6/28/2010, at approximately 1240 hours, CSI and I provided the online FSIS inspectors with 10 minute breaks. While both lines were briefly stopped, CSIotified me that he had hung a bird back on the PHV shackle for disposition. At approximately 1305 hours, after the inspectors received their breaks, I walked to the first inspection station on the east evisceration line to further examine the retained carcass. The carcass was no longer on the PHV shackle. CSand I immediately stopped the east evisceration line and notified , Evisceration Supervisor, of the establishment's failure to meet regulatory requirements and that a NR would be issued. CSIlocated the carcass shell (with evidence of extensive air sacculitis) in the salvage station's condemn barrel. All salvage station product was immediately condemned in my presence and the affected barrel removed for cleaning. In addition to this noncompliance, an establishment employee removed the viscera from the retained carcass. CSItated that he observed the inspector's helper removing the viscera from a "hang back" carcass. CSIinstructed the helper to condemn the carcass as a plant reject. Carcasses without viscera on the hang back racks are considered "salvage" birds by the establishment employees. When helpers remove the viscera of hang back birds, uninspected product enters production. Failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in additional enforcement action as described in 9 CFR 500.
381.76(a) A post-mortem inspection shall be made on a bird-by-bird basis on all poultry eviscerated in an official establishment. No viscera or any part thereof shall be removed from any poultry processed in any official establishment, except at the time of post-mortem inspection, unless their identify with the rest of the carcass is maintained in a manner satisfactory to the inspector until such inspection is made. Each carcass to be eviscerated shall be opened so as to expose the organs and the body cavity for proper examination by the inspector and shall be prepared immediately after inspection as ready- to-cook poultry. If a carcass is frozen, it shall be thoroughly thawed before being opened for examination by the inspector. Each carcass, or all parts comprising such carcass, shall be examined by the inspector, except for parts that are not needed for inspection purposes and are not intended for human food and are condemned.
381.77 Each carcass, including all parts thereof, in which there is any lesion of disease, or other condition which might render such carcass or any part thereof adulterated and with respect to which a final decision cannot be made on first examination by the inspector, shall be held for further examination. The identity of each such carcass, including all parts thereof, shall be maintained until a final examination has been completed.