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Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, Delaware

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

USDA Inspection Report: 26 May 2012

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

Citation: At 1454, while performing PHIS inspection task for “Poultry Zero Tolerance Verification”, I observed visible fecal material on the wing tip area of the 8th bird I checked, from evisceration line The lightbrown colored fecal material was of a semi-solid consistency and approximately inch in diameter. Ms. (Evisceration Supervisor) was present during the check and observed the fecal contamination noncompliance as well. Ms. initiated the plant’s corrective action procedure for CCP #2B by reducing the line speed on line from B/M to B/M.  In addition, an associate was placed at the end of the affected line which is in accordance with their HACCP plan. The affected carcass was taken to the plant’s reprocessing station, reconditioned and worked back into production. (Quality Assurance Tech.) performed two fecal retest on line at 1455 and 1458. Both retests were acceptable. The last acceptable fecal test on evisceration line was performed at 1332 and the checks were authenticated with the initial Mr. (1st Processing Superintendent) verbally informed me that the cause of deviation was that the motor to the gut cutter on line stopped working allowing the wings of the birds to drag over the non-working blade area. The establishment failed to meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.2(c) and 381.65(e). As a result of the deviation, all requirements for all CCP's for the specified lot was performed and found acceptable including preshipment review. This document serves as written notification to Mrs. , Plant Manager that continued failure to meet the regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory enforcement actions 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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