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Dickinson & Son 84 Pkg Co. Inc

Address: 1949 Rt. 136, Eighty-Four, PA 15330
Establishment No.: m19455

USDA Inspection Report: 5 May 2011

Code: 06D01
Violation: 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.1, 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.4(b), 416.4(d)

Citation: On Thursday, May 5, 2011 at approx. 0750 hours the following noncompliance had been observed. Upon entering the finished product freezer (approx. size of 14' L x 9' W x 6' H) located in the back of the plant past the Smokehouse department, observed an accumulation of ice covering 11 wrapped Roaster Swine Carcasses. The Roaster Swine carcasses were wrapped in a cleared bag and then a cellophane wrapping material constituting the immediate container. Also observed 3 wrapped Roaster Swine Carcasses on a single layer of cardboard directly on the floor in the back end of the freezer. The cardboard layer which had been applied to the entire floor was torn up and covered with a dark film residue throughout the freezer. Observed an accumulation of ice on the inside of the freezer door along with ripped/torn plastic air curtains hanging from the door frame. There was no evidence that the establishment had initiated actions to address the observed conditions. Applied U.S. Retain/Reject Tag # B35 688653 to the freezer and contents pending further examination. At this time it was not feasible to determine whether or not the product was directly contaminated or adulterated. Informed [redacted] Slaughter Department Supervisor of the noncompliances observed and of the regulatory control actions taken. Requested that the establishment remove the carcasses from the freezer for further examination. After a visual inspection of the product it was determined that the swine carcasses were fully wrapped with the packaging material intact and the ice had not made contact with the product. The Establishments proposed corrective actions included removing and replacing the affected immediate packaging in a clean and sanitary manner. At approx. 0830 hours observed the following noncompliances: Entry door to the freezer, peeling white paint on the surrounding areas of the wall around the doorway. Rust observed on the freezer door framing along with a damaged /rusted metal baseboard type molding at the bottom right corner. At the entrance way from the smokehouse department leading to the freezer observed cobwebs along the ceiling and electrical conduit line for the light switch. Back room located to the left of the exit door, observed approx. 53 light brown colored plastic bread racks with product residue and a black mold-like residue throughout numerous areas. Applied U.S. Reject Tag# B35 688654 to the equipment. Informed [redacted] Slaughter Department Supervisor verbally of all noncompliances observed. Informed [redacted] Plant Vice President of the noncompliances in writing with this Noncompliance Record.


416.1 Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated.

416.2(b)(1) Construction. Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.2(b)(2) Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture and be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.


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