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B.C. Natural Chicken

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

USDA Inspection Report: 24 Apr 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e)

Citation: At approximately 0634 hours, while performing a test for zero tolerance fecal check on the east evisceration line at the Pre-Chill Station, performance of this check is part of poultry Zero Tolerance Verification. I randomly selected ten poultry carcasses from the east evisceration line and inspected them for visible fecal contamination. I observed fecal material on one of the ten randomly selected test carcasses. I immediately took a regulatory control action on the east evisceration line by stopping production. The fecal material on the poultry carcass was located on the inside surface of the right drumstick approximately one inch from the hock. The fecal material was brownish-green in color, semi-solid, pasty consistency approximately 11 mm in size. The fecal material smeared to the touch. This is a failure for zero tolerance of visible fecal material and a failure of CCP 1B of plants HACCP plan.  Mr. (1st Processing Superintendent), and (Quality Assurance) were informed of my finding. The poultry carcasses were shown to (Plant Manager). The affected carcass was taken to the reprocessing station to be reworked. After the establishment implemented immediately corrective action in according with the regulatory requirements of 417.3, I relinquish my regulatory control action. There were no plant employees between me and the chiller when I observed the failure of CCP#1B of the plants HACCP Plan.  This is the last point before the chill system when control can be exerted to prevent the contaminated poultry carcass from entered the chiller system in violation of regulation 9 CFR 381.65(e). The establishment has identified fecal material to be a hazard in its hazard analysis and controls the hazard with CCP# 1B.  Fecal material harbors microorganisms and possible pathogens and must be prevented from entering into the chill system. I then performed a HACCP 02 procedure for the specific lot (Lot#1) 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 procedure in place to prevent the reoccurrence of contaminated birds from entering the chill system. This document serves as a written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional enforcement action as described in 9 CFR part 500. 


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


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