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Tyson Foods

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

USDA Inspection Report: 1 May 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e), 417.3(a)(3)

Citation: At 0817 hours I was conducting a Zero Tolerance for Fecal Material Inspection on a randomly selected sample of 10 birds taken from Line # [redacted] at the prechill testing location in the Evisceration Department. Inside one of the 10 birds in my sample, I observed a dark green mass near the opening of the body cavity to the neck, in the general vicinity of where the heart and lungs are anatomically positioned. I held the opened end of the cavity up to my nose and detected the faint odor of fecal material. I then called for a member of management and [redacted] responded. I showed him what I had found. I then cut the bird open to better observe the dark green mass and saw that it was 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide and was smooth with a slight sheen to it. I then touched it and transfered some of the material to my fingertip and observed that it was pasty. After smelling the material on my finger, I concluded that it was fecal material. In addition this bird would have entered the chiller had it not been included in my random sample. This is not in compliance with 9 CFR 381.65(e).[newline]The establishment immediately began corrective actions, therefore no further regulatory control action was required. The establishment also conducted a retest at 0821 hours and observed no further fecal material.[newline]I reviewed the previous noncompliance records for this establishment and found that a developing trend of 4 similar noncompliances was first documented on 04/12/2012 in NR#YBL1507040113N, and that 2 NR's have also been issued for similar noncompliances on nightshift. All 6 previously issued NR's are listed in block 6a above. It is also noteworthy that this has been a topic of discussion during several of the recent regularly scheduled weekly meetings between USDA and Plant Management.[newline]I also reviewed the establishment's Slaughter HACCP plan and confirmed that the establishment has implemented CCP1B as a critical control point at this point in the process. This CCP describes monitoring activity to achieve regulatory compliance with 9 CFR 381.65(e). Furthermore, this trend of noncompliance demonstrates that the estblishment has not taken corrective action to ensure measures are established to prevent recurrence as required in 9 CFR 417.3(a)(3).[newline]This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements(s) could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


381.65(e) Poultry carcasses contaminated with visible fecal material shall be prevented from entering the chilling tank.

417.3(a)(3) The written HACCP plan shall identify the corrective action to be followed in response to a deviation from a critical limit. The HACCP plan shall describe the corrective action to be taken, and assign responsibility for taking corrective action, to ensure: Measures to prevent recurrence are established;


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