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Ward Willard and Son

Address: 4496 Rt 812, Heuvelton, NY 13654
Establishment No.: m19989

USDA Inspection Report: 28 Sep 2011

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.15(b), 416.2(g), 416.4(d)

Citation: The establishment had been continuing to produce product under insanitary conditions in light of positive Total Cloriform/negative E. Coli screen results from their lab, [redacted] on water samples due to improper guidance given by the State of New York Department of Health. The regulations in 9 CFR 416.2(g)(1) requires that a supply of water be provided in all areas of an establishment that complies with the National Primary Drinking Water regulations (40 CFR part 141) when used for the following purposes: 1)processing product, 2) cleaning rooms and equipment, 3) utensils, 4) packaging materials, and 5) employee sanitary facilities, etc. Additionally, in 9 CFR 416.1 and 416.4(d), an establishment must be operated in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated, and product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, etc., at official establishments. Background: At Est. 19989 on Friday afternoon (09/23/11) Joan Willard (Owner/Haccp Coordinator) informed me that they had received a phone call from their lab, [redacted] indicating they had a [redacted] result on a water sample that was sent for analysis yesterday (09/22/11). At that time Joan informed me that they are now required by the State to submit four more follow-up samples for analysis. The State left out any recommendation to shock the well and flush out the system. At 1445 hours on Tuesday (09/27/11) I received a phone call from John Willard (Owner) saying that the lab called on their water samples and the results were again [redacted] . John informed me at that time that the State gave him two options to correct the situation, one of which he mentioned was UV Lighting, but John did not know all the particulars. John mentioned that the State said it would be okay for the establishment to continue to produce raw products that will be cooked, but not to produce any RTE product under retail exemption. At the end of my conversation I told John that I would talk with my supervisors about this issue and that I would keep him informed of any developments. The establishment elected to cease all operations this morning at 0845 hours until this issue is resolved. All products produced after the pre-shipment on the date prior to the initial sample positive date of 09/22/11 through products produced on 09/28/11 until operations were ceased are involved which will require corrective actions in accordance with 9 CFR 416.15(b) in order for the establishment to resume operations. In addition, 9 CFR 417.3(b) requires reassessment of the establishments Haccp Plans due to the unforeseen hazard encountered with this issue.


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.

416.2(g) Water supply and water, ice, and solution reuse. (1) A supply of running water that complies with the National Primary Drinking Water regulations (40 CFR part 141), at a suitable temperature and under pressure as needed, must be provided in all areas where required (for processing product, for cleaning rooms and equipment, utensils, and packaging materials, for employee sanitary facilities, etc.). If an establishment uses a municipal water supply, it must make available to FSIS, upon request, a water report, issued under the authority of the State or local health agency, certifying or attesting to the potability of the water supply. If an establishment uses a private well for its water supply, it must make available to FSIS, upon request, documentation certifying the potability of the water supply that has been renewed at least semi-annually.

416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.


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