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Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 5 Jan 2012

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

Citation: At 0740 hours in the Paws Department after Pre-op procedures had been completed and production had begun, I observed the following SSOP noncompliance. There was heavily beaded dripping condensation on the fan near the giblet (paws, gizzards, and liver) chillers. The condensation from the fans was falling directly into two ice bins. The ice was then being shoveled into the chillers. The conditions of the fans were dusty, with remnants of previous days operations clinging to them. I took an immediate regulatory control action by applying USDA tag #B34511495 to reject the giblet chillers, belts and packing areas. USDA retain tag #B34351490 was applied to all affected product (14 totes of gizzards and 20 totes of paws). Mr. (Evisceration Superintendent) was notified. Condensation was mopped and plastic was hung on the fans to divert any further condensation. found on page 2 of the Operational SSOP Plan. At 0845 hours, after sanitary conditions were restored regulatory control action was relinquished. Affected gizzard and paw products were released at 0935 and 1317 hours, respectively. Review of Pre-op records revealed that the area had been released at 0718 hours. Review of establishment SSOP records revealed that a check had not yet been conducted before the noncompliance was discovered. The requirements of Meat and Poultry regulations 416.13(c), 416.2(d), 416.4(a), 416.4(b), 416.4(d), and 416.1 were not met. Mr. , Plant Manager is hereby notified in writing of this NR for SSOP noncompliance. Continued failure to meet regulatory requirements can lead to enforcement actions described in 9 CFR Part 500.4.


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 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), 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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