Putting Glass Walls on Pennsylvania Slaughterhouses So We Can
See Behind Closed Doors
Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 21 Sep 2011
Violation: 381.68, 381.76(a), 381.76(b)
Citation: At approximately 0519 hours, while performing other inspections requirement(s) on turkey carcasses. A noncompliance score of thirty-six (36) was achieved at inspection station one (1). The defects included: inside observation- three (3) birds with parts of viscera not drawn or missing, and three (3) birds with contamination inside the carcass. I immediately notified Mr. (Turkey Evisceration Supervisor) of the noncompliance. The speed of the affected line was reduced ten (10) percent and Quality Assurance was instructed to perform a retest in ten (10) minutes. The retest passed with a score of seven (7). This is the direct violation of 9 CFR 381.76(a) & (b), 381.68, as well as the plant's NTIS program.
381.68(c) The inspector in charge may reduce inspection line rates when in his/ her judgment the prescribed inspection procedure cannot be adequately performed within the time available because the health conditions of a particular flock or other factors, including the manner in which birds are being presented to the inspector for inspection and the level of contamination among the birds on the line, dictate a need for a more extended inspection.
381.76(a) A post-mortem inspection shall be made on a bird-by-bird basis on all poultry eviscerated in an official establishment. No viscera or any part thereof shall be removed from any poultry processed in any official establishment, except at the time of post-mortem inspection, unless their identify with the rest of the carcass is maintained in a manner satisfactory to the inspector until such inspection is made. Each carcass to be eviscerated shall be opened so as to expose the organs and the body cavity for proper examination by the inspector and shall be prepared immediately after inspection as readyto- cook poultry. If a carcass is frozen, it shall be thoroughly thawed before being opened for examination by the inspector. Each carcass, or all parts comprising such carcass, shall be examined by the inspector, except for parts that are not needed for inspection purposes and are not intended for human food and are condemned.
381.76(b) Presentation: Each inspector shall be flanked by an establishment employee assigned to be the inspector’s helper. The one inspector on the SIS–1 line shall be presented every bird. Each inspector on the SIS–2 line shall be presented every other bird on the line. An establishment employee shall present each bird to the inspector properly eviscerated with the back side toward the inspector and the viscera uniformly trailing or leading. Each inspector shall inspect the inside, viscera, and outside of all birds presented.