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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 30 Dec 2010

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.2(d), 416.4(d)

Citation: At approximately 2245 while conducting an 01C02 (operational sanitation) procedure in room 2335 (Ham Boning) I observed the following noncompliances. I observed two of the knife sterilizers in room 2335 giving off suspiciously little steam. I requested and was granted the use of one of the plant's thermometers. The first sterilizer was an acceptable 180 degrees Fahrenheit. After allowing the temperature reading to stabilize, the temperature of the second knife sterilizer was only 158 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant's own SSOP (last signed 9/3/10) requires t[redacted]". I took immediate control action and stopped the line. Plant personnel adjusted the sterilizer so that it returned to 180 degrees. I alerted Ham Boning Supervisor, of my actions and of the noncompliance. Mr. was not present when the noncompliant temperature was taken. The ham boning line and employee platform are elevated. Raw, not ground product drops through chutes to grey edible bins underneath. There are platforms for employees on either side of the line. To prevent the contamination of product underneath, the platform on one side has metal drip pans to catch liquid and debris from, among other things, employee's boots. There were two patches of condensation on the underside of these drip pans. One patch of condensation was approximately two square feet and above two grey vats of exposed raw product. Another patch was approximately one square foot and above a different grey vat of exposed raw product. Again I alerted Ham Boning Supervisor, of the noncompliance. The condensation was wiped away without contaminating product. At one end of the platform, liquid was persistently dripping from a metal bar that supports the employee platform. This liquid was dripping onto the edge of a grey edible vat of exposed raw "Ham Bottom, Eye". Part of this liquid went into the vat and part spilled out. This is direct product contamination. Examination by Mr. revealed that the source of the drip was a broken weld in the drip pan above. I immediately verbally retained the affected product and notified , Ham Boning Supervisor, of my action and the noncompliance. Plant personnel placed a plastic sheet beneath the drip to prevent further contamination of product. Plant personnel removed the affected product from the area. I observed plant personnel transfer any product not touching the affected side or the bottom of the contaminated vat to a clean edible vat. The rest of the affected product was removed from the contaminated vat, reconditioned as per plant policy, and placed in the clean edible vat mentioned above. All of the product from the contaminated vat will undergo a cooking lethality step. The empty contaminated vat was cleaned and sanitized. This contamination of product is in violation of the plant's own SSOP Sec 3.4.1 which states [redacted]." The above noncompliances are in violation of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.2(d), and 416.4(d) NR 83-2010-18236 dated 11/15/2010 describes a similar situation. Liquid from the employee platform's drip pan was dripping from a drain onto a conveyor belt carrying raw product. In response to NR 83, the plant attached a new drip line to the drain and retrained the employees in room 2335 on monitoring the drip pans.


416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.

416.2(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.

416.4(d) Product must be protected from adulteration during processing, handling, storage, loading, and unloading at and during transportation from official establishments.


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