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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 20 Dec 2011
Violation: 417.2(c)(4), 417.5(a)(3)
Citation: At approximately 6:50 am I was performing a walk through of the chicken evisceration area when I noticed that the [redacted] cabinet did not have the antimicrobial flushing over the hocks of the chickens. The spray from the nozzle only contacted to the level of the horizontal part of the shackle. Therefore, approximately a half inch to an inch of the drumsticks and the top of the hocks were left un-rinsed by the [redacted] The line was stopped at which time Mr. (Chicken Eviserator Foreman) came over and turned the spray pressure/volume up so that the entire carcasses were being rinsed with [redacted] [newline][newline]The records documenting the monitoring of the CCP # [redacted] showed that the last acceptable concentration check was performed at approximately 6:00 am. When QA technician ( was asked if she looked inside the cabinet at that time, she said that she only checks the concentration and that she did not look in the cabinet. Therefore, the last time the carcasses were fully rinsed with [redacted] is unknown. [newline][newline]Upon review of the Chicken HACCP Plan CCP #2B, there is no procedure or frequency of application of the antimicrobial spray listed. Thus, the establishment is in non-compliance with 9 CFR 417.2(c) (4). The establishment does not have records documenting the monitoring of the antimicrobial application and is therefore in non-complience with 9CFR 417.5(a) (3). Furthermore, there is a maximum application of [redacted] per carcass. When there is adjustment to the spray nozzles, such as the pressure/volume being turned up, how can it be ensured that the maximum application is not exceeded? [newline][newline]This non-compliance is being linked to NR number ARE2911113617N, dated 11/17/2011. The provided further planned action of installing a warning system is not addressing the issue of proper antimicrobial contact with the carcasses.
417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;
417.5(a)(3) Records documenting the monitoring of CCP’s and their critical limits, including the recording of actual times, temperatures, or other quantifiable values, as prescribed in the establishment’s HACCP plan; the calibration of process-monitoring instruments; corrective actions, including all actions taken in response to a deviation; verification procedures and results; product code(s), product name or identity, or slaughter production lot. Each of these records shall include the date the record was made.