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Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, Delaware

Address: Hoosier Street and Railroad Avenue, Selbyville, DE 19975
Establishment No.: P667

USDA Inspection Report: 08 Feb 2012

Code: 03J04
Violation: 381.65(e), 417.2(c)(4)

Citation: At approximately 2003 hours, while performing a zero tolerance procedure on evisceration line I observed fecal material on the outside of five different carcasses.Two of the carcasses were part of the ten randomly selected carcasses and three were observed on the line. The fecal material was found as follows: the first carcass the fecal was on the middle left side, the second carcass fecal was found on the leg on the right front side, the third carcass fecal was found on the top right side of the back, the fourth carcass fecal was found on the left wing and the fifth carcass fecal was found on the right wing. The fecal material was all light brown in color and pasty in substance. The size of the fecal material ranged from a quarter inch in length to one half inch in length. I immediately notified Mr. Night Shift First Processing Superintendent and also Ms. Plant Manager who were both present and observed the affected carcasses. Corrective actions were immediately implemented as per the establishment's HACCP plan. I observed Mr. take the carcasses to the reprocessing station to be reconditioned and placed back into flow. A review of the establishments zero tolerance log for CCP # 2B, Line revealed that the last acceptable check was performed at 1946 hours, was found to be acceptable and recorded with a quantifiable value of 0/10 and the initals BB for the QA technician. As a result of the deviation, all requirements at all CCP's for that specific lot was performed and found to be acceptable including the pre-shipment review.A extra person was stationed at the end of the line, for the duration of the shift, to look for fecal due to the amount of fecal that was found. Mr. Director of Processing Operations, statedon 02/09/2012 that the root cause was theInside/Outside bird washer had a nozzle that was notturned on. The establishment failed to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.2(c)(4) and 381.65(e). This document serves as written notice 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.

417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;

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