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B.C. Natural Chicken

Address: 2609 U.S. Rt 22, Fredricksburg, PA 17026
Establishment No.: p493

USDA Inspection Report: 4 Jan 2012

Code: 06D02
Violation: 381.76(a), 381.76(b)

Citation: At approximately 0715 hours, I performed a Presentation test on the west evisceration line at Est. P493 and obtained the following 10-bird total nonconformance weights: At inspection station #1, I observed one bird with viscera on shackle, two birds with viscera not reflected, two birds with parts inside, one bird with contamination inside, and the line speed was [redacted] birds per minute (bpm) which exceeded the maximum allowable speed of [redacted] bpm, resulting in a total nonconformance weight of [redacted] At inspection station #2, I observed one bird with viscera on shackle, two birds with membrane, and an excess line speed, resulting in a total weight of [redacted] At inspection station #3, I observed one bird with viscera on shackle, one bird with no viscera, one opening cut defect, one bird not reflected, one bird with contamination inside bird, an an excess line speed, resulting in a total weight of [redacted] Since the a total weight was greater than or equal to [redacted], the process was considered out of control. I took a regulatory control action by requesting an immediate line speed reduction to bpm. First Processing Superintendent was notified of the noncompliance. The plant took corrective actions and QA performed rechecks at approximately 10-minute intervals. The first QA recheck failed indicating the process was still out of control at [redacted] bpm, and the line speed was reduced to [redacted] bpm. The following recheck, after additional corrective actions, also failed and the line speed was further reduced to [redacted] bpm. At [redacted] bpm, process control was achieved and the QA recheck passed, permitting the line speed to increase to [redacted] bpm. The subsequent QA rechecks also passed and the line speed was increased to [redacted] bpm. [newline]This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


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 readyto- 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.

381.76(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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