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Nicholas Meats, L.L.C.
Address: 72 Barrville Rd, Belleville, PA 17004
Establishment No.: m4465
USDA Inspection Report: 28 Oct 2010
Violation: 310.22(c), 316.6, 318.1(g)
Citation: This morning while performing pre-operational inspection in your processing area, including coolers and freezer, I found the following non-compliances with labeling and storage of inedible products. In the freezer were 4 lugs and one open box of calf gullets that were unwrapped and exposed to the air and that were unmarked and unlabeled. 318.1g states that these products may be stored with edible inspected products ."....if packaged in suitable containers so that the presence of such glands or organ will in no way interfere with the maintenance of sanitary conditions.....". Also these need to be labeled "inedible" which they were not. I retained the product using US Retain Tag # 737468. I observed 24 combos of beef bones that included the vertebra. Each combo weighs about 1000 pounds. They were unmarked and not denatured. It is possible to have vertebra that do not contain SRM's, however these do. Your SOP for SRM's states that "2. [redacted] ." Your plan states that [redacted], These vertebra are considered to contain SRM's. Your plan also states that " [redacted] " I applied retain tags numbers 737466, 67, 69, 70 and 71 to the product. At 1030 you informed me that you had marked the combos "Inedible - Not Intended For Human Food" and had applied a denaturant. When I confirmed the above was done, I removed the US Retain Tags from the 24 combos.
316.6 No person shall remove or cause to be removed from an official establishment any products which the regulations in this subchapter require to be marked in any way unless they are clearly and legibly marked in compliance with such regulations.
318.1(g) Glands and organs, such as cotyledons, ovaries, prostate glands, tonsils, spinal cords, and detached lymphatic, pineal, pituitary, parathyroid, suprarenal, pancreatic and thyroid glands, used in preparing pharmaceutical, organotherapeutic, or technical products and which are not used as human food (whether or not prepared at official establishments) may be brought into and stored in edible product departments of inspected establishments if packaged in suitable containers so that the presence of such glands and organ will in no way interfere with the maintenance of sanitary conditions or constitute an interference with inspection. Glands or organs which are regarded as human food products, such as livers, testicles, and thymus glands, may be brought into official establishments for pharmaceutical, organotherapeutic or technical purposes, only if U.S. inspected and passed and so identified. Lungs and lung lobes derived from livestock slaughtered in any establishment may not be brought into any official establishment except as provided in § 318.12(a).