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Perdue Farms, Delaware

Address: 20621 Savannah Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947
Establishment No.: P2178

USDA Inspection Report: 10 Jan 2012

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.4(a), 416.13(c), 416.2(d), 416.4(b), 416.15(a)

Citation: At approximately 1455 hours, while performing routine walk through inspection the following non-compliances were observed: Upon entering the Breast Debone department it was observed that the area was out of compliance in regards to operational sanitation (416.4 a & b). Production was not taking place at this time, however I waited to observe whether or not the night shift supervisor would bring the area back into compliance before resuming production. Quality Assurance was not present at this time. After observing the supervisors allowing production to begin, I immediately notified the area supervisor and Mr. USDA Rejected tag # B19095234 was placed on the line. This allowed me to take regulatory control action in both the Breast Debone and Thin Slice departments. Mr. arrived and was notified at this time. Dried meat parts were visible on product contact surfaces. Meat parts littered the floor throughout the area. Piles of product build-up had formed on the production belt chutes as well as on the floor at the end of the breast trim line and breast tender line where totes are normally placed. Frames were also found littering the floor around the Frame line. As the company began cleaning the area to bring it back into compliance, it was also observed that employees were using a high pressure of water to clean. This caused meat parts from the overspray created by the high water pressure to come into contact with the wing department production belts. Production was not taking place in the wing department at this time. The company cleaned and sanitized these product contact surface(s) and were able to begin production after doing so. Further examination of the department revealed a leaking roof pipe above the Thin Slice line. The company had inadequately placed plastic under the leaking pipe. While the plastic was catching some of the leak, fluid was still dripping onto the production belt used to move whole breasts into the thin slice machine causing product contact surfaces to become contaminated. As the company began to clean the fluid from above the Thin Slice line, they also attempted to clean what was believed to be condensation from the overhead light. The fluid was actually on the inside of the light, however as they attempted to wipe it clean, sponge particles from the mop being used were left behind on the light and also fell on to product contact surfaces. Condensation was also observed on pipes located directly above the Frame line used to move Frames into large bins. When the company began to clean the condensation from the pipes, the condensation began dripping off the pipes and mop and came into contact with the Frames belt. (The employee was observed using a sponge mop wrapped in paper towels at this time.) Mr. elected to condemn all Frames processed. Management provided me with an approximate weight of pounds of Frames, 5 pounds of Trimmed meat parts and 15 pounds of Breast meat that were condemned as a result of the insanitary conditions stated above. After a review of establishment SSOP records, the last acceptable check for dripping condensation was performed at 1223. A review of SOP for sponge mops also indicate that At approximately 1608 hours, the Breast Debone department was brought back into compliance and production was able to resume. USDA Rejected Tag # B19095234 was not removed at this time as it was still being used to maintain control of the Thin Slice department. At 1642 hours the Thin Slice department was found to be back in compliance. USDA Rejected Tag # B19095234 was removed at this time and production was able to begin. The Establishment is in noncompliance with 9 CFR 416.1, 416.2(d), 416.4(a) 416.4(b) 416.13(c), and 416.15(a). This document serves as written notification to Mr. that failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory or administrative actions as per 9 CFR 500.


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.

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

416.2(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.

416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.15(a) Each official establishment shall take appropriate corrective action(s) when either the establishment or FSIS determines that the establishment’s Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein, or the implementation or maintenance of the Sanitation SOP’s, may have failed to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s).

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