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Tyson Foods

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

USDA Inspection Report: 4 Jan 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.13(c), 416.15(a)

Citation: At 0449 hours I was conducting a Preoperational Sanitation Inspection of the Chilling Department. I observed that the portable transfer conveyor between the intermediate chiller and the final chiller had many white scraps of fat, scraps of meat and feathers. These were found along the metal walls which comprise the sides of the conveyor, and these surfaces contact product directly. I also observed that the white teflon support beam for the upper portion of the belt had a meat scrap as well. I notified [redacted] and [redacted] of my findings. The conveyor was recleaned, however when I reinspected it I observed that not all of the noncompliances described above had been removed. The conveyor was cleaned an additional time, and I reinspected it again. I observed that all of my original findings had been removed, but I made an additional observation that one 41 inch section of metal wall on one side was welded on the outside leaving a narrow crevice on the inside which contained additional white scraps of fat. The other sections of the wall were constructed differently with spacers to prevent narrow crevices. The conveyor was cleaned an additional time, and I performed a final inspection and found no further noncompliances. Later I performed a review of the establishment’s preoperational sanitation records for this department. I observed that a QSI employee had performed an inspection from 0424 to 0448 hours, and had marked the field titled “Transfer Conveyor Contact” as “Reject”. Under this same entry for the Chilling Department, there is also a field titled “All findings Recleaned and resanitized,” and this field was marked as “yes.” In the comments section, the same employee had also entered, “ms [meat scraps] found in transfer conveyor.” A QA employee had also performed a separate inspection of the department from 0430 to 0448, but had marked the above entry as “Accept.” I showed [redacted] the data entries and informed him of the failure to take corrective actions to restore sanitary conditions. All findings involving product contact surfaces were restored to sanitary condition before the start of operations, so no product was involved and no further regulatory control actions were required.


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

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

416.15(a) Each official establishment shall take appropriate corrective action(s) when either the establishment or FSIS determines that the establishment’s Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein, or the implementation or maintenance of the Sanitation SOP’s, may have failed to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s).


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 5 Jan 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 12 Dec 2011

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