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: 14 Jun 2011
Violation: 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.3(a), 416.4(c)
Citation: During the performance of the Food Safety Assessment, the following noncompliances with Sanitation Performance Standards were observed. 1. On the fabrication floor, the upper layer of concrete was flaked off in several areas resulting in depressed pits on the floor where water could pool and which may be difficult to clean. 2. On the slaughter floor, the metal ledge on the wall between the upper stainless steel portion of the wall and lower concrete portion of the wall was separated in several areas and was in need of re-caulking. 3. The product conveyors in the fabrication area were missing segments in several areas resulting in sharp, irregular edges and crevices that could affect cleaning and sanitizing procedures. 4. On 4/29/11 during a tour of the establishment, a plastic garden sprayer containing an unidentified liquid (determined to be PAA) was observed in the carcass cooler against the wall adjacent to the carcass wash cabinet. plant manager, was informed of the noncompliances. The establishment is not complying with regulatory requirements of 9CFR 416.2(b)(1)(2), 416.3(a), and 416.4(c). This document serves as written notice that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.
416.2(b)(1) Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions.
416.2(b)(2) Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture and be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.
416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.
416.4(c) Cleaning compounds, sanitizing agents, processing aids, and other chemicals used by an establishment must be safe and effective under the conditions of use. Such chemicals must be used, handled, and stored in a manner that will not adulterate product or create insanitary conditions. Documentation substantiating the safety of a chemical’s use in a food processing environment must be available to FSIS inspection program employees for review.