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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 18 Oct 2010

Code: 01B02
Violation: 416.13(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)

Citation: On 10/18/10 starting at approximately 0526 in room 2335 (Ham Boning) while conducting a scheduled 01B02, I observed the following noncompliances. Room 2335 was released to me for pre-operational inspection at 0526. During my subsequent inspection I observed particulate contamination on most food contact and non-food contact surfaces. Many surfaces also had scraps of meat from the previous day's production. Descriptions of the noncompliances follow. There was greasy white residue from the previous day's production the entire length of the rails supporting conveyors #6588 and #6589. Conveyors #6588 and #6589 also had a few small scraps of varying size (about 1/8-1/4") along their surface. Both conveyors are food contact surfaces. An unnumbered conveyor between #6588 and #6589 had a scrap of meat stuck between its surface and a metal plate. This conveyor is a food contact surface. There was a grey plastic vat with about an inch of water inside. Several meat scraps about 3/4" square were floating in the water. The plant uses grey plastic vats to hold edible product, so this is a food contact surface. There were also several pieces of particulate matter from previous production easily visible on the tumbler. The tumbler is a food contact surface. After making these observations, I determined that no sanitary production could occur anywhere in room 2335. I rejected the room with US Rejected tags B19588922, B34738942, and B24762104 at approximately 0540. I immediately informed Production Superintendant, of the regulatory noncompliance and of the control actions. I have reviewed the pre-operational sanitation records for room 2335. There are nine separate items listed as needing to be re-cleaned. The conveyor between the lines seems to be listed. Conveyors #6588 and 6589 are not listed. This is a violation of 9CFR 416.13(a), 416.4(a), and 416.4(b) as wells as the plants own most recent SSOP Sec 2.2 [redacted] revised 8/31/10, signed 9/3/10. Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Retrain personnel in Pre-operational sanitation procedure. NR: 65-2010 dated 9/14/2010 This document serves as written notification that your failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


416.13(a) Each official establishment shall conduct the pre-operational procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s before the start of operations.

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.


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