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Tyson Foods

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

USDA Inspection Report: 27 Jan 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.13(c), 416.3(a), 416.3(b)

Citation: At 0453 hours I was performing a Preoperational Sanitation Inspection of the Chilling Department. I observed a motor housing that had many slots on its top and along the sides. This motor housing is attached to the Grading Unit Conveyors and lies directly above the Rehang Conveyors, and both are product contact surfaces. Through small gaps between the top and sides of the housing I was able to shine a flashlight inside and just barely see what I thought was a few scraps of fat. I then asked [redacted] to disassemble this housing so that I could inspect it. I was told this disassembly would require maintenance personnel, and a maintenance person was called to disassemble it. After the housing was disassembled, I then completed my inspection and observed that the motor, wires and other structures held an accumulation of fat and meats scraps and feathers. Removing only the largest pieces and placing them in my hand I acquired a handful. The longest piece measured over 4 inches. [redacted] was present and observed these conditions. This motor is not a direct product contact surface, but is located directly above one and therefore these conditions would be extremely likely to contaminate the product contact surface or adulterate any product passing below. This particular piece of equipment is not constructed to facilitate thorough cleaning resulting in an insanitary condition which is not in compliance with 9 CFR 416.3(a). In addition, the construction also prevents FSIS inspection program employees from inspecting this equipment to determine whether it is in sanitary condition which is not in compliance with 9 CFR 416.3(b). The establishment cleaned this motor, the housing and every associated structure. Sanitary conditions were restored prior to the start of operations in this area of the department, therefore no product was involved. I also inspected all of the other motors and housings in this department and found them to be constructed differently and in compliance.


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.

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.

416.3(b) Equipment and utensils must not be constructed, located, or operated in a manner that prevents FSIS inspection program employees from inspecting the equipment or utensils to determine whether they are in sanitary condition.


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