Putting Glass Walls on Delaware Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 21 Feb 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e)

Citation: At 1937 hours, while performing the zero tolerance verification task on evisceration line# I observed fecal material on one out of 10 randomly selected carcass for inspection at CCP# 3. The fecal material was greenish and white in color. Greenish part was gritty and whitish area was pasty in texture. Fecal material was approximately 2 inch by 2 inch in size and was located in the lower back cavity. Mr. evisceration team leader and HACCP tech, was immediately notified of the deviation. The establishment was observed taking corrective actions as per their HACCP plan, CCP# 3. A review of the establishments zero tolerance log for CCP# 3 Line revealed that the last check performed by HACCP at 1830 hours, was found to be acceptable and was recorded with a quantifiable value of 0/10 and the initials, . As a result of the deviation, a verification of all regulatory requirements at all CCP’s for the affected lot was performed and found to be acceptable including the pre-shipment review. Mr. evisceration team leader stated root cause was discovered to be a nozzle that was not properly adjusted. Maintenance immediately made adjustment to the nozzle and check through the machinery. A recheck was performed at 1950 and found acceptable. Mr. Plant Manager is being notified of the failure to meet the requirements of 9 CFR 381.65 which stated that no feces on carcass should enter chilling system. This document serves as written notification that continued failure to comply with the regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory or administrative actions as per 9 CFR 500.


381.65(e) Poultry carcasses contaminated with visible fecal material shall be prevented from entering the chilling tank.

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