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

USDA Inspection Report: 14 Jun 2012

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

Citation: At 0453 hours I was conducting a preoperational sanitation inspection of the Chilling Department. On the white plastic transfer conveyors that lead from the chiller exit to the singulator hopper, I observed many pieces of fat and some pieces of meat to be trapped in the joints between segments of the belts. At some of the joints I observed the pieces directly, but at others the pieces created a darker spot where slightly less light passed through the belt. I could also observe some of the pieces from the underside of the surface of the belt. [redacted] was present during my inspection, and I showed him this noncompliance. The belts were recleaned, and I reinspected them many times, finding more pieces each time. I also had them operate the belt, and I observed that these same pieces were present in joints along the length of the belt. I applied a reject tag (#B36279381) to the disconnected plug of the first transfer conveyor after it was restored to sanitary conditions, and returned later after the second belt had been restored to sanitary conditions. I was then able to verify that both belts had been sanitized, and I removed my tag.These observations were made before the start of operations in this department, therefore these insanitary conditions were a result of the previous day's production. Also, no product was observed to be affected as a result of these conditions.The establishment's SSOP plan requires daily sanitization of product contact surfaces between production days, therefore the establishment has not complied with 9 CFR 416.13(a) which requires the establishment to conduct the preoperational sanitation procedures in the SSOP plan.Later I reviewed the records and observed an entry in the establishment's SSOP records made for the Chilling Department between 0340 hrs and 0406 hrs . All fields in this entry were marked as "Accept". Therefore, the establishment has also failed to monitor the implementation of the procedures in the SSOP plan as required in 9 CFR 416.13(c).

Regulation:

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.

 

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