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Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 23 Feb 2012

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

Citation: At 2008 hours, while performing a zero tolerance procedure on NELS Line I observed fecal material on 1 out of 10 of my randomly selected carcasses for inspection at CCP #2B. The fecal material was brown in color, pasty in consistency, approximately 1/4 inch in width and length. The fecal material was located on the inside back near the kidneys. Ms. and Ms. Night Shift Evisceration Supervisors, were present and witnessed the deviation. I observed the establishment perform corrective actions as per their HACCP plan. The affected carcass was sent to the reprocessing station, reconditioned and place back into flow. Since there are no interventions between the prechill station and the chiller, it is reasonable to conclude that the contaminated carcass would have entered the chiller. A review of the establishment's zero tolerance log for CCP #2B, line revealed that the last acceptable check performed at 1950 hours, was found to be acceptable and was recorded with a quantifiable value of 0/10 and the initials 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. Mr. Maintenance Supervisor, stated that the root cause was that one nozzle on the Inside/Outside Bird Washer was off and the other two nozzles were turned half way off. The nozzles were adjusted and turned on. Ms. Plant Manager, is being notified of the failure to meet the 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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