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: 2 Nov 2010
Violation: 416.1, 416.4(d)
Citation: Today at 0545, while touring your facilities in preparation for performing pre-operational sanitary inspection tasks, I observed several deficiencies. I then asked QC Technician, if she was done with her pre-op checks. After 5 minutes or so she said they were ready. No deficiencies were reported to me at that time. I then went to the freezer and pointed out to her and (Fabrication Supervisor) that the ice was still forming under one of the overhead cooling units, forming stalactites under the shelving structures, and covering several boxes of product that was under the source, and covering the floor in that area. This problem was documented on NR 0007-2010 on 10-22-2010 and has never been corrected. Complex Manager, answered the NR on 10-26-20`10 stating that the involved cooling unit had been fixed previously on 10-15-2010. I did not sign off on the NR because the ice had not all been removed from the shelving. The affected product boxes were restored to a sanitary condition at that time. I was told verbally that no product was to be placed in the area until the problem with ice formation was fixed. Now I find a pallet of boxed product was placed under the ice source and has gotten covered in a layer of ice. I placed Reject Tag # 737460 on the Freezer with instructions to place it on the affected area after some product was removed to allow access to the affected area. The Loading Dock area has a cooling unit that has several inches of ice on its ventral side with ice on the floor under it. No product is involved. Also the floor of this area had over 40 pieces, over one inch in size, of meat from the previous days activity on it. The area was cleaned immediately so no Reject Tag was applied. There were water droplets on the underside of steel beams and white water ;pipes in the area where carcasses enter the Carcass cooler. As there were no carcasses in the area, the kill had not started yet, I placed Retain Tag # 737461 on the Chad that would not allow any carcasses to enter the cooler until the area was made acceptable. At 0740 I was informed by that the area was ready for re-inspection, which I did and found acceptable. The tag was removed from the Chad. I had gotten earlier and showed him the problem areas. Four previous NR's (0004, 0005, 0006, and 0007) have been written in the previous month (Oct. 5, 12, 21 and 22) due to condensation in the same area of the Carcass Cooler. None of these NR"s have been answered. It is important that the NR's be answered and the problem be corrected. please note that "FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS COULD RESULT IN ADDITIONAL REGULATORY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION."
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.