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Empire Kosher Poultry
Address: 1 River Rd, Juniata Cty, Mifflintown, PA 17059
Establishment No.: p1015
USDA Inspection Report: 26 Apr 2012
Citation: [newline]On 04/26/2012, at approximately 0335 hours after the plants pre-operational sanitation inspection and prior to the start of operations, I performed Pre-Op SSOP Review and Observation in the evisceration department. While performing the task I observed multiple spots of white fat-like residue on the Maestro eviscerator machine. The spots were on the part of the machine that has direct contact with the back and sides of the birds. When I scratched several areas of the residue with my fingernail it came off the equipment. The residue under my fingernail was white and when I rubbed my fingers together some of the areas were greasy and some were powdery. I also observed multiple large spots of a white grease-like material under the drip pan, all around the base of the Vent cutter machine and the Opener machine. I notified Mr. and took regulatory control action by remaining in the area until corrective actions were completed. The establishment failed to comply with regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 416.13(c), 416.4(a), and 416.4(b) of 9 CFR, and their own SSOP. The plants monitoring record was not yet available, but I was verbally informed by QA, that the area was released for production prior to my inspection. All non-compliances were from a previous day's operation. A similar occurrence was documented as noted in block #6A of this NR. The proposed further planned actions were either ineffective or not properly applied as demonstrated by today's regulatory and SSOP non-compliance. [newline] [newline]
416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.