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Tyson Foods

Address: 403 South Custer Ave, New Holland, PA 17557
Establishment No.: p01325

USDA Inspection Report: 8 Dec 2010

Code: 04C04
Violation: 381.76(b)

Citation: At approximately 2125 hours, I performed a Prechill Finished Products Standards test for Evisceration line # [redacted] which resulted in a 10-bird subgroup total of 41 for trim nonconformances. This exceeded the subgroup absolute limit of 17. I notified Evisceration Supervisor [redacted] of the result and the need for the establishment's QA technician to perform a retest. While observing the QA technician perform her retest, I noted that she identified skin defect nonconformances such as sores, scabs and dermatitis, but she was not scoring them correctly. I asked her how she scored skin defects and she responded that she gives such defects as sores and scabs a factor of 2 and large areas of inflammatory process a factor of 5. Regulation 9CFR381.76(b)(3)(iv)(c) Table 1 - Definitions of Nonconformances states that any defects such as sores, abscesses, scabs, wounds, dermatitis, inflammatory process, that measure greater than 1/2 inch in the greatest dimension or a cluster of smaller lesions in close proximity greater than 1/2 inch has a factor of 5. Thus, the establishment is not in compliance with Finished Products regulatory requirements which may result in the production of adulterated product. QA Supervisor [redacted] arrived at the prechill station and was notified of the incorrect scoring of defects. The QA technician's retest of line # [redacted] failed with a trim nonconformance subgroup total of 17 which exceeded the tolerance total of 12. This indicated a lack of process control, and the establishment's corrective actions were initiated. Two subsequent retests were performed by the QA technician at the prechill station at 2149 hours and 2158 hours with subgroup totals of 4 and 6, respectively, which passed. 10-bird subgroups were tested for the same criteria at the postchill station at 2204 hours, 2234 hours, 2304 hours, 2334 hours, and 2348 hours with subgroup totals of 10, 9, 9, 10, and 11 which all passed. As a result, no product was retained for rework. This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


381.76(b)(1) There are five systems of postmortem inspection: Streamlined Inspection System (SIS) and the New Line Speed (NELS) Inspection System, both of which shall be used only for broilers and cornish game hens; the New Turkey Inspection (NTI) System, which shall be used only for turkeys; Traditional Inspection; and Ratite Inspection.


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