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Tyson Foods

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

USDA Inspection Report: 15 May 2012

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

Citation: At 0530 hours Food Inspector [redacted] summoned me to her inspection station in the Evisceration Department and informed me that there was a heavy incidence of fecal contamination of the birds she was inspecting. I then reviewed the offline reprocessing areas and observed that they were operating at full capacity. I also observed that Line # [redacted] and Line # [redacted] were both operating at reduced speed. I then conducted an inspection of 10 carcasses which I randomly selected from Line # [redacted] at the prechill testing location. At 0545 hrs I observed that one of the 10 birds in my sample contained a dark mass of smooth material on the inside surface of the cavity on the breast side near the thoracic inlet. I then called for a member of management so that they could observe as I conducted a more thourough analysis of the material, and [redacted] responded. I then separated the legs from the torso to better access the neck area of the cavity. I then observed that the material was dark green and 3/4 inches by 1/2 inch. I also observed 2 smaller masses (1/2 inch by 1/4 inch) on the back on either side of the spinal column. I then removed the material with the tip of a pair of scissors and the material came out as one semi-solid mass. After smelling the material I concluded that it was fecal material. I also made similar observations of the smaller masses and concluded that they were also fecal material. Furthermore this bird would have entered the chiller without further intervention by the establishment had it not been included in my sample. This is not in compliance with 9 CFR 381.65(e). [redacted] was present and made the same observations.[newline]The plant took immediate corrective actions in accordance with CCP1B of the establishment's Slaughter HACCP plan. These included a retest conducted at 0551 hrs during which no further fecal material was observed.[newline]I also reviewed the noncompliance records for this establishment and observed that have been 7 linked noncompliance records written in recent weeks as noted in block 6a above. This is evidence of a growing trend of noncompliance with 9 CFR 381.65(e). As mentioned previously, the establishment's Slaughter HACCP plan includes a CCP that is designed to meet the requirements of 9 CFR 381.65(e). However, this continued trend of noncompliance suggests that the establishment is unable to establish measures sufficient to prevent recurrence as required in 9 CFR 417.3(a)(3). This trend of noncompliance has also been discussed during several of the most recent regularly scheduled weekly meetings (including this morning) between establishment management and the USDA's in-plant personnel.[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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