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

USDA Inspection Report: 31 Jan 2012

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

Citation: At 0445 I was conducting a Preoperational Sanitation inspection in the Chilling Department. I inquired about the motor and casing that is adjacent to and runs the Grading Unit Conveyor and is located directly above a rehang conveyor. I had previously documented noncompliance with this equipment, and it still appeared to not beconstructed to facilitate cleaning (9 CFR 416.3(a)) and is still constructed in a manner that deters inspection (9 CFR 416.3(b)). [redacted] told me that the casing was to be partially disassembled on a daily basis and fully disassembled on the weekends. However, [redacted] then told me this had not been done. [redacted] then had maintenance called. The casing was partially disassembled and this was sufficient so that I could inspect it. However, I observed that the motor, wires, and associated structures within the casing held various pieces of meat, fat and skin on all sides of the unit. The casing was then fully disassembled and the unit cleaned. Upon reinspection I found an additional piece of skin and piece of meat on the side facing the Grading Unit Conveyor. The unit was then cleaned again, and I reinspected it. Sanitary conditions were restored prior to the start of operations in this department, therefore no product was affected. Later I reviewed the establishment's Preoperational Sanitation records for this department, and I observed that the establishment's designee inspected this department between 0402 and 0429 hours and did not observe any deficiencies.


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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 16 Feb 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 27 Jan 2012

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