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Nicholas Meats, L.L.C.
Address: 72 Barrville Rd, Belleville, PA 17004
Establishment No.: m4465
USDA Inspection Report: 18 May 2012
Violation: 310.2, 310.3, 310.4
Citation: On May 18, 2012 at approximately 1158 hours as I was walking to give a break tothe inspector on the final rail I noticed that there was a carcass awating for disposition with tag # MPD61142629. I went to the offal area to examine the viscera. The heart, lungs and kidneys were missing. Upon questiong, the employee working at the viscera table informed me that the aforementioned parts were gone. The inspector who retained the carcass informed me that the reason for retaining the carcass was that the heart was exhibiting some pathology. I could not appropiately make a disposition due to the heart, lungs and kidneys being missing. was informed of this noncompliance. The establishment is not in compliance with 9 CFR 310.2, 310.3, 310.4 . This noncompliance is linked to a previous NR # KY1914040330N / 1. Previous preventative measures were improperly implemented or not effective.
310.2(a) The head, tail, tongue, thymus gland, and all viscera of each slaughtered animal, and all blood and other parts of such animal to be used in the preparation of meat food products or medical products, shall be handled in such a manner as to identify them with the rest of the carcass and as being derived from the particular animal involved, until the post-mortem examination of the carcass and parts thereof has been completed. Such handling shall include the retention of ear tags, backtags, implants, and other identifying devices affixed to the animal, in such a way to relate them to the carcass until the post-mortem examination has been completed.
310.3 Each carcass, including all detached organs and other parts, in which any lesion or other condition is found that might render the meat or any part unfit for food purposes, or otherwise adulterated, and which for that reason would require a subsequent inspection, shall be retained by the Program employee at the time of inspection. The identity of every such retained carcass, detached organ, or other part shall be maintained until the final inspection has been completed. Retained carcasses shall not be washed or trimmed unless authorized by the Program employee.
310.4 Such devices and methods as may be approved by the Administrator may be used for the temporary identification of retained carcasses, organs, and other parts. In all cases, the identification shall be further established by affixing ‘‘U.S. Retained’’ tags as soon as practicable and before final inspection. These tags shall not be removed except by a Program employee.
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 16 May 2012