Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors from FAUN Friends Of Animals United
Tyson Foods

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

USDA Inspection Report: 9 Mar 2012

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

Citation: At 0420 hours I conducted a Preoperational Sanitation Inspection in the Evisceration Department. During this inspection, I observed that residue from the previous day's production still remained on many product contact surfaces and other surfaces likely to contaminate product. With the exception of #5, the following are product contact surfaces: 1.) Neck breaker on Line # [redacted] and Line # [redacted] Both have a gray, rough,circular plate towards the bottom of the machine but still above the neck hopper. On both lines these plates contained many fat scraps and strings of connective tissue. 2.) The metal tray for trimming birds offline at the final trim station on line # [redacted] Between the tray and the metal frame in which the tray sits there is a narrow crevice along the width of the tray which held fat scraps all the way across. 3.) The Inside Outside Bird Washer on Line # [redacted] One of the probes which enter the cavity of the birds had a metal washer towards the end that was completely stained orange (presumably due to rust) and not the shiny silver color of the other probes in this machine. 4.) The chute at the exit of the CIP into the neck skinner near Line # [redacted] This chute and the metal grid that allows water to drain held a few pieces of fat. 5.) The guide bars for the shackles both leading up to and away from the Line # [redacted] Viscera Pack Puller: These had fat scraps and blood. While not a direct product contact surface, these shackle guide bars contact the shackles only a few inches away from the product and are therefore likely to transfer this contamination. [redacted] QSI Supervisor, was present during my inspection and observed these noncompliances. All of the previously described deficiencies were removed and the equipment was sanitized. In addition, the washer at the IOBW was exchanged. Upon reinspection I found all of the equipment described above to be sanitary. These findings represent failure to comply with 9 CFR 416.13(a) which requires that the establishment conduct the pre-operational procedures in the Sanitation SOP's. Later I reviewed the establishment's Preoperational Sanitation records for the Evisceration Department. I found a record documenting the establishment's monitoring which was conducted between 0335 and 0352 hours. Each entry under this record titled "7 Line 2 Pre Op Contact F 1501" was marked as Accept. This is in contrast to my observations of sanitation noncompliance as described in item #1, 3, and 4 above. Another record entered by a separate employee documented the establishment's monitoring which was conducted between 0306 and 0332 hours. I found that all entries under this record titled "7 Line 4 Pre Op Contact F-1501" were marked Accept with the exception of one which was labeled "Pac-Man Contact" and was marked "Reject". This is in contrast to my findings of sanitation noncompliance as described in items #1 and 2 above. In addition to this, another entry under this same record was labeled "All findings Recleaned and resanitized" and was marked "Yes". This is in contrast to my observations that the guide bars for this machine were still not sanitized as described in item #5 above. These records indicate that the establishment did not monitor the implementation of the SSOP procedures as required in 9 CFR 416.13(c). Additionally, the establishment also did not take appropriate corrective actions as required in 9 CFR 416.15(a) and defined in 9 CFR 416.15(b). All of these findings were made prior to the start of operations, therefore no product was affected as a result.


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.

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

416.15(b) Corrective actions include procedures to ensure appropriate disposition of product(s) that may be contaminated, restore sanitary conditions, and prevent the recurrence of direct contamination or adulteration of product( s), including appropriate reevaluation and modification of the Sanitation SOPís and the procedures specified therein or appropriate improvements in the execution of the Sanitation SOPís or the procedures specified therein.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 14 Mar 2012
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 1 Mar 2012

Return to: Tyson Foods
Return to: Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses
Return to: Slaughterhouses