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Perdue Farms, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 10 Jul 2012

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

Citation: At approximately 1953 hours while performing SSOP Review & Observation Inspection procedure, the following non-compliances were observed: Condensation from overhead beams and rails was observed dripping onto product and product contact surfaces in the Second Processing DaPec area on saddle line Wings, front halves, and whole birds littered the floor in the area. Employees in the area were walking on and over the product that was littering the floor. The condemn barrels present in the area showed evidence of a black mold-like substance growing on both the inside and outside of the barrels. Product was lodged in the wing and leg processors. After observing the above mentioned insanitary conditions, I immediately stopped saddle lines and placed US Rejected Tag # B34336337 on the area. I spoke with the QA employee present in the area, Ms. as well as management present at the time the non-compliances were observed. Ms. provided me with the SSOP documents for Grading, Pinning, Cut Up-Dapec and Cut Up Stack off areas, stating that a check for dripping condensation was performed and found acceptable at 1936. An acceptable check for product flow was also performed at 1938. Employees in the area began wiping the condensation and picking up the product on the floor and elected to condemn all the product found littering the floor and/or caught in machinery. According to the establishments SSOP corrective actions the following should occur in the event condensation is observed in Second Processing: After corrective actions had began, Mr. arrived in the area. I explained the events that had occurred and after expressing my concerns, he elected to recondition any product processed after the last acceptable check. US Rejected tag #B34336337 was released when the area was found in an acceptable condition at 2126 hours. The establishment provided me with an approximate weight of pounds of product that was reconditioned and 187 pounds of product that was condemned as a result of the insanitary conditions stated above. The Establishment is in noncompliance with 9 CFR 416.1, 416.2(d), 416.4(b) 416.4(d), and 416.13(c).


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

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.

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