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B.C. Natural Chicken

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

USDA Inspection Report: 11 May 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e)

Citation: At approximately 0848 hours, while performing a test for zero tolerance fecal check on the west 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 west 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 west evisceration line by stopping production. The fecal material on the poultry carcass was located on the inside of the left keel bone approximately 1/4 inch from the tip of the breast, and approximately 5/32 inch in size. I also observed fecal material on the left inside surface of the lung cavity covering an area 1/2 inches in length and 1/8 inch in wide. The cloaca was attached with a one foot long intestine inside  of the carcass. The fecal material was brownish-green in color with a pasty consistency. The fecal material was light brownish in color, semi-solid, pasty consistency approximately 6mm in size. This is a failure for zero tolerance of visible fecal material and a failure of CCP 1B of plants HACCP plan.  (Quality Assurance) was informed of my finding. The poultry carcass was shown to (1st Processing Superintendent). The affected carcass was reconditioned by establishment. After the establishment implemented immediately corrective action in accordance with the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 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, and intestine from entered the chiller system. 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 verification procedure for the specific lot (Lot#2) 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. 


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


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 12 May 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 7 May 2012

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