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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 20 Feb 2012
Violation: 416.12(a), 416.15(a)
Citation: At approximately 6:12am while walking through the turkey evisceration area I noted Turkey Line Supervisor, take a turkey off of the line immediately before it went across the rehanging belt. The turkey carcasses that do not drop into the turkey soaker continue on the line on which the necks and wing tips drag across a drip pan at one or more locations. According to the establishment, these turkeys are to be taken off of the line before they cause cross contamination of the rehanging belt. After the turkeys are taken off the line, they are to be reprocessed, which includes trimming the wing tips and lower half of the neck, and rewashing the carcass. After Mr. took the turkey carcass from the line he then proceeded to place the carcass on one of the racks where turkeys are hung for off-line reprocessing. Approximately a minute later, an employee took the carcass from the rack, looked at the inside of it, and then placed the carcass on the turkey line. No trimming or rewashing of the carcass had occurred. At that moment, I took regulatory control and requested the employee to take the carcass off of the turkey line. I verbally notified Mr. and the employee of my findings. Mr. and the employee told me that usually another employee gets the carcass from the line and reprocesses it themselves. I was also told that Mr. walks the carcass down toward the racks and another employee takes it from him before it gets to the racks. Yet, I was told if Mr. does place the carcass on the rack, he tells the employee why he placed it there. However, I did not see or hear any of these actions occur. After review of the establishment Sanitation SOP, there is no written sanitation SOP procedure to address the handling of contaminated turkey carcasses that drag through the drip pan in 1st processing and the establishment failed to take appropriate corrective actions.Therefore, the establishment is in violation of compliance with 9 CFR 416.12(a) and with 9 CFR 416.15(a).
416.12(a) The Sanitation SOP’s shall describe all procedures an official establishment will conduct daily, before and during operations, sufficient to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(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).