Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Gold Medal Packing

Address: 8269 River Rd, Rome, NY 13424
Establishment No.: m17965

USDA Inspection Report: 4 Nov 2010

Code: 03J01
Violation:  417.5(a)(1)

Citation: On this day I reviewed the records for the Prerequisite Program for Residues with HACCP coordinator. This program has recently been ammended to better address residue issues in bob veal. One added preventative measure is that owners of all KIS positive animals will be notfied of the test results and be made aware that follow-up testing will be conducted at the USDA's Midwestern Laboratory. Plant management is made aware of the KIS positive tests on a daily basis by FSIS employees in the plant. In reviewing the records I found no documentation that KIS positive letters had been sent out. Somewhat in the plant's defense, there will always be owners that will not get these letters because sale barns sometimes don't provide owner information until after results come back from the Midwestern laboratory. At that point it is senseless to send out a KIS positive letter. A second new preventative measure is that a letter entitled "GMP Residue Policy Notification for Buyers" will be sent out to all buyers that instructs them to use the FSIS Repeat Violator List. Knowledge obtained from this list will either help them to avoid purchasing calves from repeat violators or at least notify Gold Medal Packing when they have purchased a calf from a repeat violator. It states in the Residue program that "[redacted] ." While reviewing the records there is sufficient evidence that all of the buyers have received a letter. However, letters were sent out to 29 buyers, and only 3 have been signed and returned. Gold Medal is continuing to purchase animals from the other 26 buyers. Gold Medal Packing is to maintain a Buyer Log which contains a list of the buyers, when letters were sent, and when acknowledgement of the letter was returned. To date, a buyer log has not been set up with all this pertinent information. Past Similar NRs - Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: Ineffective Prerequisite Program for Residues NR: 44-2010 dated 9/13/2010; NR: 43-2010 dated 9/7/2010; NR: 42-2010 dated 9/7/2010; NR: 30-2010 dated 8/11/2010; NR: 17-2010 dated 7/9/2010; NR: 19-2010 dated 6/29/2010


417.5(a)(1) ) The written hazard analysis prescribed in 417.2(a) of this part, including all supporting documentation;


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