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Grizzly’s Custom Cutting

Address: 10042 South River Rd, Hunt, NY 14846
Establishment No.: m21554

USDA Inspection Report: 30 May 2012

Code: 01D01
Violation: 416.1, 416.2(a), 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(3), 416.2(d)

Citation: On May 29, 2012, from approximately 0930-1100 during the Comprehensive Food Safety Assessment (CFSA) at Grizzly’s Custom Cutting Est., Dr. [redacted] SVMO, Mr. [redacted] Relief Inspector and Mr. [redacted] EIAO started the initial tour of the facility. During the tour we observed the following unsanitary conditions inside the official premises of the facility. 1)Evidence of live pest (flies) on the walls of the chill cooler, and numerous dead pests (flies) on the chill cooler floor. 2) Beaded, dripping liquid falling from an overhead cooling unit directly onto a beef carcass hind quarter. This beef carcass was U.S. Retained B20437377. Mr. [redacted] Owner present at the time, retrieved a knife and immediately began trimming the affected area where the liquid had dripped. 3)One live pest (fly) on a beef hind leg hanging in the cooler. Mr. [redacted] was present at the time an immediately removed this fly off the carcass leg, trimmed the affected area and said that he would address the other flies in this cooler but that he had not had a chance to remove or clean this area because of the Memorial Day holiday. Later in the day observation of the cooler again revealed flies in the cooler. The flies were observed on two beef hindquarters. Mr. [redacted] was informed of the noncompliance and the two hindquarters were U.S. Retained B3778765 and B3778770. 4) Gap under the main entrance. Entering the main entrance leads directly into the retail store, the front area of the employee room, and the raw meat cutting room. However, there is no other door that closes to prevent entry of pest leading from the main entrance, into these areas. In addition, the dry storage area, adjacent to the raw meat cutting room has numerous live small moth-like insects on the wall above the coats and boxes in this area. No live pest were observed on product in the raw meat cutting room. Mr. [redacted] left during a tour of the outside official premises; however we observed the following unsanitary conditions. 1)Evidence of rodent droppings on a burlap cloth located in the attic above the smoke house. There is unused equipment, boxes and other items stored in a manner that prevent a complete inspection of this area. U.S. Rejected B3778760 2) Evidence of rodent droppings in the box storage room. There are two entry points (holes) in the box storage room along the bottom edge and along the ceiling. Boxes and pallets were also stored up against the walls preventing inspection of the entire parameter of the room. U.S. Rejected B20437412.Expansion of the inspection revealed no other evidence of rodent droppings in the rest of the inside facility including the production areas, spice room, cooler, freezer, the slaughter floor, dry storage area for the retail, retail areas, and shipping/receiving area. Mr. [redacted] returned afterwards and explained that these boxes in the box room are used for boxing finished product. We informed Mr. [redacted] of the conditions in the attic area as well and returned to show him however, the door was locked, and Mr. [redacted] explained that he did not know who locked the door and we were not able to gain re-entry into this area. A review of previously documented noncompliance records did reveal one documented similar in nature on 03/21/12. The plant managements response to the similar noncompliance record stated "Will fix hole and clean up box room and upstairs storage". The establishments response failed to maintain the areas to prevent unsanitary conditions from reoccuring.


416.1 Each official establishment must be operated and maintained in a manner sufficient to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and to ensure that product is not adulterated.

416.2(a) Grounds and pest control. The grounds about an establishment must be maintained to prevent conditions that could lead to insanitary conditions, adulteration of product, or interfere with inspection by FSIS program employees. Establishments must have in place a pest management program to prevent the harborage and breeding of pests on the grounds and within establishment facilities. Pest control substances used must be safe and effective under the conditions of use and not be applied or stored in a manner that will result in the adulteration of product or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.2(b)(1) Construction. Establishment buildings, including their structures, rooms, and compartments must be of sound construction, be kept in good repair, and be of sufficient size to allow for processing, handling, and storage of product in a manner that does not result in product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.2(b)(3) Walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and other outside openings must be constructed and maintained to prevent the entrance of vermin, such as flies, rats, and mice.

416.2(d) Ventilation. Ventilation adequate to control odors, vapors, and condensation to the extent necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions must be provided.


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