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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

Address: 3150 Coffeetown Rd, Orefield, PA 18069
Establishment No.: m791

USDA Inspection Report: 11 Oct 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation: 310.18, 417.2(c)(4)

Citation: Today 10/11/2010 at approximately 1140 hours while performing procedure 03J01 in Room 2495 (Kill Floor), after Establishment 791's critical control point for zero tolerance (04-CCP-[redacted]) and prior to the final wash I observed noncompliance. I observed an piece of brownish green fibrous fecal material, approximately 3/16 of an inch wide by 1/4 of an inch long in the left side of the pelvic canal of a hog carcass. I took immediate regulatory control action as described in 9 CFR 500.2(a)(2) and retained the carcass using U. S. Retain Tag # B 24763960. I had the carcass removed from the product flow and notified company management. The carcass was trimmed and I released the carcass. Upon review of Establishment 791's HACCP records for 04-CCP-15 for 10/11/2010 through 1140 hours I observed no documentation of any critical limit failure. Also today at approximately 1130 hours while performing procedure 05A03 (Salmonella Sampling) in Room 2430 (Hog Cooler), Inspector observed two carcasses from Lot 55E with yellowish green fibrous fecal material. One carcass had a smear approximately 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch wide on the center of the jowl on the skin side and the adjacent carcass had a several partials on the bottom of the left foot. U. S. Retain Tag #'s B 24763948 & B 24763949 were placed. Plant management was notified and the fecal material was trimmed off. Lot 55E was the last lot produced on Friday 10/08/10. The affected lot was identified as approximately [redacted] carcasses representing the carcasses produced from the last acceptable check at 1525 hours to the end of production at approximately 1540 hours. A review of Establishment 791's HACCP records for 04-CCP-15 for 10/08/2010 revealed the pre-shipment review was signed and there was no documentation of any critical limit failure. Mr. Kill Floor Supervisor was verbally notified of these noncompliances and the failure to meet regulatory requirements 9 CFR 417.2(c)(4) and 310.18 as well as Establishment 791's HACCP: Pork Slaughter Program dated 10/11/10 which states in the HACCP Master Sheet-Slaughter for 04-CCP-[redacted]) that the critical limit is "[redacted]." On 09/03/2010 a similar noncompliance with the same root cause of zero tolerance critical limit failure was documented on Noncompliance Record # 0060-2010-17436. Establishment 791's stated preventive measures of "Management retrained the team member on the proper procedure for properly removing contamination from the carcasses. Disciplinary action will be taken against the team member for failure to follow proper procedure. Production will do a 5-day training verification to ensure training was successful. In addition. Technical Services will perform daily verifications of this CCP for the remainder of September." were either ineffective or not implemented and failed to prevent the recurrence of this noncompliance. The developing trend of company employee failing to identify and/or remove fecal material from the carcasses and the ineffectiveness of retraining these employees to prevent recurrence was discussed at approximately 1430 hours with Dr. Food Safety Superintendent. Continued failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in further enforcement and/or administrative actions as described in 9 CFR 500.4. This document serves as written notification of a monitoring noncompliance.


310.18(a) Carcasses, organs, and other parts shall be handled in a sanitary manner to prevent contamination with fecal material, urine, bile, hair, dirt, or foreign matter; however, if contamination occurs, it shall be promptly removed in a manner satisfactory to the inspector.

417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;


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