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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 6 Sep 2011
Violation: 416.13(b), 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(d)
Citation: At approximately 0305 hours, while walking around in the establishment , I observed the following noncompliances on the Meyn Line: 1) The Meyn Line shackles were greasy. 2) The gizzard machine had previous days' production residue on it. It was too numerous to count and the sizes varied. 3) The conveyor belt to the gizzard machine had previous days' production residue on it. 4) the turn wheels to the inspectors' kick outs had a black grease like substance on them. It covered the entire wheel and there were approximately nine of them. 5) The guide rails at the back up a hole cutter had previous days' production residue on them. A U.S. Rejected Tag #B37853049 was applied to the line. No product was involved. Mr. (First Processing Superintendent), Mr. (New First Processing Superintendent), and (Maintenace Worker) was notified of the noncompliance. The three gentlemen mentioned above cleaned the line and the other items listed above, because the sanitation foreman could not be found. This is the direct violation of 9 CFR 416.4(a) & (d), 416.3(a), 416.15(a),
416.13(b) Each official establishment shall conduct all other procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s at the frequencies specified.
416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.
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.