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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: 01C02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.4(d), 416.4(a)

Citation: At 0939, while reviewing postmortem disposition at the head inspection area, I observed an employee pick up a kidney that had dropped onto the floor during the eviscerating process. The employee picked up the kidney and placed it onto the upper tray of the gut buggy, without any notification to the FSIS online inspector that the kidney had become contaminated . The FSIS inspector grabbed the kidney, inspected it and without knowing it transferred contamination from that kidney to other parts being inspected (thus cross contamination resulted).I immediately stopped both the carcass and head chains and notified a floor also notified a floor [redacted] also notified [redacted] who was standing nearby. [redacted]stated that the individual did not follow the plant's written procedure and was supposed to have placed a green hold tag on the kidney to indicate that it had dropped onto the floor. He also stated that the "gutter''was not the one to pick up the part from the floor, but was supposed to tell the "gut buggy operator'',who would pick the part up, place a green hold tag on it and restore sanitary conditions after inspection .US Retain Tag #832038810 was applied, as a regulatory control action, to gut buggy; all parts in the visceral pan were condemned as a result of the cross contamination. [redacted] was notified of the failu re to meet the Meat and Poultry Regulations listed above. Also, by creating an insantary cond ition that resulted in the cross contamination of edible product, the plant violated 416.1, as well. Even though an inplant program (GMP) addresses this issue, contamination of product and equipment resulted from the fail ure to properly implement that program. As a preventive measure, [redacted] stated that all floor person nel would be given green hold tags and would be instructed to use them (he handed a small stack to the "gut buggy operator'' present at that time and provided instructed to all personnel present. With the acceptance of the corrective actions taken and preventive measures proposed, the regulatory control action was removed at 0942.The slaughter line was also released at that time.

Regulation:

416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOPís.

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

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

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