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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 1 Feb 2011

Code: 01C02
Violation: 416.13(c), 416.15(a), 416.15(b), 416.2(b), 416.4(d)

Citation: At approximately 2027 hrs on 02/01/11 while conducting an 01C02 (operational sanitation) procedure in room 2335 (Ham Boning) I observed the following noncompliance. 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. 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 outside of a grey edible vat of exposed raw "Ham Bottom, Eye". This drip was described previously in NR 0094-2010-18236. The plant had tied a blue plastic sheet under the bar to prevent product contamination, but the sheet had been pushed to one side. Liquid, most likely from the drip, had gathered on the plastic sheet and was dripping steadily onto the "Ham Bottom, Eye". This is direct product contamination. The corrective actions taken by the plant in response to NR 94-2010 did not prevent this recurrence of direct product contamination. I immediately verbally retained the affected product and notified Ham Boning Supervisor and Team Lead of my action and the noncompliance. Plant personnel replaced the plastic sheet beneath the drip to prevent further contamination of product. Plant personnel removed the affected product from the area and reconditioned it according to plant procedure. After this was completed I released regulatory control. This contamination of product is in violation of the plant's own SSOP. Sec 3.4.1 of the SSOP states "[redacted]." Sec 3.5 states "[redacted] " The above noncompliance is in violation of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.15(a), 416.15(b), 416.2(b), and 416.4(d) NR 0094-2010-18236 was issued on 12/30/10 for a similar cause. The plant response indicates that personnel were retrained in sanitation monitoring. The plant response also claims that the "drip pan has been repaired as of 1/13/11." However, the drip cited in NR 94-2010 has been continuous since that NR was issued. The actions described by the plant either were not implemented or were ineffective to prevent recurrence.


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

416.15(a) Each official establishment shall take appropriate corrective action(s) when either the establishment or FSIS determines that the establishment’s Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein, or the implementation or maintenance of the Sanitation SOP’s, may have failed to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s).

416.15(b) Corrective actions include procedures to ensure appropriate disposition of product(s) that may be contaminated, restore sanitary conditions, and prevent the recurrence of direct contamination or adulteration of product( s), including appropriate reevaluation and modification of the Sanitation SOP’s and the procedures specified therein or appropriate improvements in the execution of the Sanitation SOP’s or the procedures specified therein.

416.2(b)(4) Rooms or compartments in which edible product is processed, handled, or stored must be separate and distinct from rooms or compartments in which inedible product is processed, handled, or stored, to the extent necessary to prevent product adulteration and the creation of insanitary conditions.

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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