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Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc.

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

USDA Inspection Report: 3 Mar 2011

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

Citation: At approximately 1730 hrs. on 3/3/11 while conducting an 01C02 (operational sanitation) procedure in room 2335 (Ham Boning), I observed the following noncompliance. Some of the walkways and platforms in room 2335 have a metal pan beneath them to catch moisture from various sources including employees' boots. These pans have a small metal drain underneath connected to tubing. On 3/2/11, I first observed that one of these metal drains had broken off leaving a 3/4 inch hole in the drip pan. Liquid was dripping through the hole and onto the floor. I determined the plant was not in regulatory noncompliance at that time. I recognized the potential for a future state of noncompliance and alerted to the hole and the drip. On 3/3/11 at 1730, liquid was dripping from the same hole onto the pork shank conveyor. The conveyor was in operation at the time and transporting pork shanks into a white (edible) tub. This is direct product contamination. I immediately rejected the conveyor with US Rejected tag B24762233. I retained the pork shanks in the small white tub with US Retained tag B24762232. I immediately informed Team Lead, of the noncompliance and of my regulatory control actions. The plant condemned as inedible the white tub of pork shanks and any pork shanks on the contaminated equipment. The conveyor was removed service for the night and is to be cleaned during pre-operational sanitation. This contamination is in violation of the plant's own SSOP. Section 3.4.1 of the SSOP states "[redacted]. The above noncompliance is in violation of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.4(a) and 416.4(d).


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

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(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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