Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Nicholas Meats, L.L.C.
Address: 72 Barrville Rd, Belleville, PA 17004
Establishment No.: m4465
USDA Inspection Report: 22 Oct 2010
Violation: 416.1, 416.4(d)
Citation: Today at about 0850 while putting a sample in the Retain Cage in the Freezer I noticed ice forming in one specific area near one of the cooling units which is about 30 feet off the ground. I could not determine the origin of the water that is causing ice to form but the result was several pallets had ice on the boxed frozen product below the source of the ice. Approximately 10-15 boxes had varying amounts of ice on their tops. No direct product was involved. I applied US Rejected Tag # 7374465 to the freezer stating that no new product could enter the freezer. This is to stay rejected until the company takes control to insure that no further product could get ice on it and that the affected boxes are restored or retained by the company to be re-boxed at a later time. At 1035 I was shown the freezer. The product had been restored with the exception of one pallet that the company used their reject tag to keep it separate until they can re-box the affected boxes. I then took my Reject tag off the freezer. At about 0900 I noticed condensation on the drip pan of two cooling units in the carcass cooler. They are the two units in the northeast part of the cooler. Dripping was observed that splashed on overhead beams and could contact carcasses if any had been present on the rail at that time. As this is a recurring problem in that cooler I explained that I need to know verbally before I release the area, what immediate and preventive actions are to be taken. A person was designated by you to monitor the potential condensation for the rest of the day. I released the cooler for entry of carcasses at 0930.
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.
416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.