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Brown Packing Co., Inc.

Address: 116 Willis St. Gaffney, SC 29340
Establishment No.: m1085

USDA Inspection Report: 29 Oct 2011

Code: 01001
Violation: 416.1, 416.4(d)

Citation: While conducting veterinary disposition on retained carcasses and viscera, at 0929, I observed a carcass on the slaughter rail make contact with a condemned carcass at the veterinary disposition area. It did not appear that any attempt was made to prevent the carcasses from coming in contact with each other. The thoracic vertebral area of the "passed" carcass was the portion that made contact. I immediately notified the [redacted] to address the "passed" carcass to remove any contaminates transferred to it from the condemned carcass (condemned for malignant lymphoma). I also stopped the slaughter line to allow time for the situation to be sorted out. [redacted] were notified of the noncompliance and the failure to meet the regulations listed above, as well as, 307.2 which states, "Rail arrangement and other equipment shall be sufficient to prevent carcasses and parts passed for food or cooking from being contaminated by contact with condemned carcasses or parts." In this noncompliance it was probably more human error than equipment insufficiency, but the employees did not follow proper established protocol by utilizing all of the space provided, thus creating the insanitary condition. With the immediate actions taken found to be acceptable, the slaughter line was released at 0935.

Regulation:

416.1 Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated.

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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