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USA Pork Packers Inc

Address: 328 South Wyoming St, Hazelton, PA 18201
Establishment No.: m20760

USDA Inspection Report: 4 Oct 2010

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)

Citation: On 04 October 2010, at approximately 0645 hrs, whilst performing a scheduled ISP procedure code 01B02 (preoperational sanitation), the following deficiencies were identified after management verbally informed me that they had completed their preoperational sanitation procedures and no deficiencies were identified: (1) An establishment employee was asked to surrender his knives, steel and scabbard for inspection; upon inspection, fat, blood, rust, and organic debris was identified throughout, this being most concentrated at the interface between the knife handles and knife blades and within the recesses of the scabbard; (2) A second employee was asked to surrender his equipment and a knife was identified as containing fat, blood and organic debris throughout; additionally, this knife was discovered to have been nicked on the knife blade such that a 3 mm X 3 mm section of the knife blade was missing and organic debris was located in this gap; (3) In the processing area, a stainless steel table located next to a stack of pallets was noted to contain a triangular chunk of wood that had dropped from one of these pallets onto the work surface of this table; this tapered segment was approximately 10 cm long and 5 cm wide at its greatest breadth; additionally, this section of wood was heavily soiled with black, organic debris. Upon identification of the noncompliances, I took immediate regulatory control action and affixed US Rejected/US Retained tag number B39443926 & B39443927 to the first employee's scabbard and the second employee's knife, respectively, and I affixed US Rejected/US Retained tag number B39443929 to the table in the processing room. [redacted] QC, was notified of the noncompliances at the time of occurrence. The establishment took measures to clean and sanitize all noncompliant equipment and utensils, the damaged knife was discarded, and, upon my reinspection, at approximately 0730 hrs, I deemed the establishment's efforts to be satisfactory and removed all tags. The establishment is not in compliance with the following regulations: 9 CFR 416.3(a), which states the following: "Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product."; 9 CFR 416.4(a), which states the following: "All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product."; 9 CFR 416.4(b), which states the following: "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."

Regulation:

416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

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.

 

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