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Tri-Town Packing

Address: 922 Country Rt 53, Brasher Falls, NY, 13613
Establishment No.: m4499

USDA Inspection Report: 12 Mar 2012

Code: 03J02
Violation:  310.18, 417.4(a)(2)(ii)

Citation: At 1030 I conducted a routine Slaughter HACCP procedure. I entered the carcass cooler and examined beef carcass #209. On the neck of the carcass was a large greenish/brown spot between the size of a quarter and a half dollar. It was composed of numerous pieces of plant material and caked on greenish semi-solid, fibrous material, similar in consistency to feces or ingesta.On another part of the carcass was a smaller piece (smaller than a dime) of greenish material of a paste, semi-solid consistency. I also observed a piece of hideon Carcass #207 about the width of a penny. I observed both white and black fur on it, similar to a holstein cow. These carcasses were slaughtered on previous days and had passed through all establishment interventions. This is non-compliance with 9CFR 310.18, 417.4(a)(2)(ii) as well as the establishment's own HACCP plan. The Tri-Town "Beef Slaughter Model" HACCP Plan states [redacted]. Removal of visible contamination is required by 9CFR 310.18(a).... All visible fecal material, milk, ingesta is trimmed off carcass halves and quarters, head meat and variety meats." A review of the establishment's carcass monitoring log reveals no defects had been observed for this CCP through at least 3-1-12. As the establishment's own HACCP plan notes, hides, feces and ingesta all are known to carry a wide variety of pathogens. This includes E. coli O157:H7. The presence of these materials on the carcass adulterates product and causes a potential food safety hazard.As the establishment'sinterventions failed to detect these defects, FSIS action was the onlybarrier preventing this product from being further processed andentering commerce.Mr. was shown these non-compliances visually and informed of them orally. He took immediate corrective action of removing the contaminants and then liberally trimming the affected areas. Mr. was informed of this non-compliance in writing with this non-compliance record. As always you have the right to appeal.


310.18(a) Carcasses, organs, and other parts shall be handled in a sanitary manner to prevent contamination with fecal material, urine, bile, hair, dirt, or foreign matter; however, if contamination occurs, it shall be promptly removed in

417.4(a)(2)(ii) Direct observations of monitoring activities and corrective actions


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