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

USDA Inspection Report: 2 Dec 2011

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.13(c)

Citation: At 440 hours I began a Preoperational Sanitation inspection of the Chilling Department. Before completing my inspection of this department, I went back to the chilling tanks to further observe the overhead surfaces to ensure that condensation was being controlled. At this time a maintenance employee was working near the end of the Final Chiller starting the water chilling system, which reuses and chills the water. There are two water exits near the end of the Final Chiller, one that allows water to flow into the tank, and one that allows water to flow out onto the floor and into a nearby drain. When I first approached, water was flowing out onto the floor and running across to the drain. This water had an unusual white appearance. Upon closer inspection, I could observe that the white color was caused by white particles suspended in the water. I then also observed that larger pieces were also flowing past. This water was accumulating in the drain, and I could observe the same there. As I was making these observations, the maintenance employee adjusted a valve on the pipes, and the water stopped flowing onto the floor and started flowing into the Final Chiller. Concerned that these same contaminants would now be entering the Final Chiller, I then decided to reinspect the Final Chiller. Although the auger was turning and water was rushing into the tank, I could observe an occasional large piece of material come to the surface and be resubmerged by the agitation. I immediately informed [redacted] QSI Supervisor, of my observations and asked him to stop both the water and the auger. After a brief wait, a maintenance employee returned and stopped both the water entering and the auger. I was then able to clearly observe and confirm the presence of many white particles, strings of fat, pieces of yellow scaly skin, and a few large chunks of fat. In addition, because of the wait, these same observations could be made in the water further down the Final Chiller as far down as the middle, and there were particles and pieces attached to the portions of the auger which are above the water line. [redacted] General Production Manager was also present to observe these noncompliances in the Final Chiller, and I informed her that product could not enter the Final Chiller while it was in that state. I then followed up further by questioning the Clean-In-Place (CIP) system which cleans these pipes. I asked for a straight section of pipe leading to the exit to be opened. Inside this pipe and the curved elbow prior to it, I could observe a buildup of white and brown residue covering the inside surfaces of the pipe. The Final Chiller was emptied, cleaned, and I was able to reinspect it and determine that it met sanitary standards. The CIP system was then operated repeatedly until all observable interior surfaces were clean and no residues remained which I also confirmed by direct observation. At no point during this shift or prior to the above mentioned surfaces being cleaned did the plant operate the Chilling Department or any departments in the process prior to this. Therefore no product was affected by these observations, and no further regulatory control action was required.


416.13(a) Each official establishment shall conduct the pre-operational procedures in the Sanitation SOPís before the start of operations.

416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOPís.


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