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Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.

Address: 29005 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966
Establishment No.: P3

USDA Inspection Report: 29 Dec 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.4(a), 416.1

Citation: After the establishment had completed pre-operational sanitation procedures and lockout/tag out was satisfactorily completed, but before the start of operations, the following noncompliance was observed. Pieces of meat and fat of various sizes from previous day’s operation were observed in two areas. At 0721 hours in Leg Deboning Dept. IU #22, on the Leg Skinner lines Belts. At 0739 hours in Cut-Up Dept. IU #12, on the Breast Machine and Belt. Mr. , QSI Manager and , QA Manager were immediately shown the aforementioned condition and were notified of the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.4(a) and 416.1 as well as their Preoperational Sanitation Procedures as outlined on pages 1 and 2. The equipments were rejected with U.S. Rejected Tags #B34351429 for Leg Deboning Dept. and #B34351426 for Cut-up Dept., as per 9 CFR 500.2 (a)(1). A review of the establishment’s QA Pre-operational Check Sheet dated 12/29/2011 revealed that QA did randomly select the aforementioned belts (IU #22) in Leg Deboning and found them to be acceptable but did not randomly select the IU #12 in Cut-up. The establishment restored sanitary condition and regulatory control action was relinquished at 0735 hours from Leg Deboning Dept., and at 0750 hours from Cut-Up Dept. No product was involved. This document serves as written notification to Mr. , Plant Manager, of the establishment’s failure to meet the regulatory requirements and that continued failure could result in additional regulatory or administration action as per 9 CFR 500.4.


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

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.

416.1 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.

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