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Hilltown Pork, Inc., New York

Address: 12948 Rt 22, Canaan, NY 12029
Establishment No.: m4018

USDA Inspection Report: 14 Dec 2011

Code: 03B02
Violation: 417.4(a)(2)(i), 417.5(a)(1)

Citation: As a outcome of athe Food Safety Assement the following deviations were found:[newline]03B HACCP [newline]- The establishment’s hazard analysis identifies pathogen presence as likely to occur in the process but the HACCP system is designed around preventing pathogen growth, not presence. While the hazard analysis outlines both presence and growth as likely to occur, there are no preventive measures or controls outlined to address presence and the establishment does not indentify why presence is an actual hazard in their system. The establishment does not have a HACCP plan or critical control points to address pathogen presence. This is with a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.2 (a), 417.2 (b), and 417.2 (c) (2). [newline]- Review of the establishments raw ground products found that the intended use as “cooked by consumer,” and sells the product retail and wholesale. The establishment cannot support the decision in the hazard analysis regarding consumer cooking practices, because they have not provided support for the statement “product is labeled to instruct consumers to fully cook product (and thereby kill pathogens).” This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.5 (a) (1) and 417.2(a) (1). [newline]- The establishments receiving SOP outlines that “[quote redacted] ” and that “ [quote redacted]” However, the establishment has not been  [information redacted] specified in the SOP, a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.5 (a) (1). [newline]- The establishment’s pre-requisite program for sampling finished ground beef for E. coli O157:H7 outlines that [information redacted]. The establishment performed testing concentrated in the warm months but cannot support its frequency of performing E. coli O157:H7 verification testing in the “[quote redacted]” and ,[quote redacted]” because they grind beef year round. They must verify the effectiveness of their interventions on an ongoing basis. This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.4 (a) and 9 CFR 417.5 (a) (1). [newline]- The establishments “SOP for Calibration of Thermometers” outlines that  [information redacted], however, the establishment does not have a reference thermometer. In addition, the SOP does not outline a scientific, regulatory, or technical reference to support the [information redacted] procedures as written. These deviations are a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.5 (a) (2).


417.4(a)(2)(i) Ongoing verification activities include, but are not limited to: The calibration of process-monitoring instruments;

417.5(a)(1) The establishment shall maintain the following records documenting the establishment’s HACCP plan: The written hazard analysis prescribed in 417.2(a) of this part, including all supporting documentation;


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