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

USDA Inspection Report: 24 Jan 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.13(b), 416.13(c), 416.2(d), 416.4(c)

Citation: At 0435 hours I was conducting a Preoperational Sanitation inspection in the Evisceration Department. I observed that half a dozen of the probes on the cropper of Line # [redacted] were coated with an accumulation of a pink shiny chemical on the inner surfaces. These probes remove the crops during production and are a direct product contact surface. [redacted] was present, and I showed her what I had found. I asked what the chemical was and was told that it was "Loctite", and is used to line the threads of pipes. I also inquired about the safety of this chemical, but no answer could be immediately provided. The establishment then cleaned the probes, but after I reinspected them, there were still traces of chemical present in some of the corners. In addition the inside surface of one of the probes was still fairly well coated. The establishment then cleaned the probes again, and afterwards I was not able to visually identify any remaining chemical. Sanitary conditions were restored prior to the start of operations in this department, therefore no product was affected and no further regulatory control action was required.[newline]Later I reviewed the MSDS for this chemical which states that it is toxic. I also read the label of the bottle which warned against exposure to mucosal surfaces and prolonged exposure to skin. I also opened the bottle and confirmed that this chemical had the same appearance as the chemical I observed on the cropper probes. None of the information provided to me by the establishment describes this chemicalís use as acceptable for product contact surfaces.[newline]I reviewed the records and observed that Preoperational Sanitation had been conducted for this area between 0309 and 0327 hours and had a field titled "Cropper and Brushes Contact." This field was marked, "Accept." Through interviews with [redacted] I learned that maintenance personnel had been working on the equipment between the times that sanitation personnel conducted their review and the time I conducted my inspection. I also asked [redacted] about written procedures for these circumstances. He was able to provide me with a document titled, "10.01 Maintenance and Repair Notification and Food Safe Practices Quality Master Sheets." This document contains procedures which, if followed, should have resolved the contamination of the product contact surface prior to my inspection.

Regulation:

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

416.13(b) Each official establishment shall conduct all other procedures in the Sanitation SOPís at the frequencies specified.

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

416.2(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.

416.4(c) Cleaning compounds, sanitizing agents, processing aids, and other chemicals used by an establishment must be safe and effective under the conditions of use. Such chemicals must be used, handled, and stored in a manner that will not adulterate product or create insanitary conditions. Documentation substantiating the safety of a chemicalís use in a food processing environment must be available to FSIS inspection program employees for review.

 

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