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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: 03J02
Violation: 417.2(c)(4), 417.5(a)(1), 417.5(a)(3), 417.5(b)

Citation: As an outcome of a Food Safety Assement the following deviations were found: [newline]Slaughter [newline]- For each entry on the “[quote redacted] and “[quote redacted] monitoring and verification records, the plant identifies species and date. However, for multiple monitoring results only one time is recorded for each monitoring activity. Each entry on a record shall be made at the time the specific event occurred in accordance with 9 CFR 417.5 (b). [newline]- For the [redacted] spray intervention on beef the establishment is recording the word “acceptable;” however, this does not meet 9 CFR 417.5 (a) (3) as the quantifiable observations or values must be documented. o The HACCP plant does not describe an actual critical limit for CCP 2B, as it lists that “[quote redacted] .” This is a noncompliance with 9 CFR 417.2 (c) (3). Review of the SOP found that it outlines the critical limit as “[quote redacted] .” [newline]- The establishment’s pre-requisite program for swabbing cattle carcasses for E. coli O157:H7 outlines that [quote redacted] The establishment performed testing concentrated from July to December, but cannot support this frequency because they slaughter cattle all year. 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). - The establishment harvests the heart, liver, and tongue. The HACCP plan outlines [redacted], but does not list the frequency of monitoring the application of [redacted] to the variety meats. This is a noncompliance with 417.2 (c) (4), which requires the plant to list the procedures and frequencies that will be used to monitor each CCP. The establishment is not documenting the monitoring results or verification activities for the variety meats. This is a noncompliance with9 CFR 417.5 (a) (3), which requires that records document the monitoring of the CCPs and their critical limits. [newline]- The pH of [redacted] is monitored as a prerequisite program. The control limit of the pH is 2.5 to 3. [redacted] to detect the pH control limit of 2.5 to 3. This does not meet the regulatory requirements of 9 CFR 417.5(a)(1). [newline]- For CCP 2B, the hazard analysis outlines that [redacted] . I observed on October 21, 2011, that five animals are monitored by plant management at different times, but that only one time was written down for all five monitoring activities. This is a noncompliances with 9 CFR 417.5 (b), as each entry on the record must be made at the time it occurred.


417.2(c)(4) List the procedures, and the frequency with which those procedures will be performed, that will be used to monitor each of the critical control points to ensure compliance with the critical limits;

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

417.5(a)(3) Records documenting the monitoring of CCP’s and their critical limits, including the recording of actual times, temperatures, or other quantifiable values, as prescribed in the establishment’s HACCP plan; the calibration of process-monitoring instruments; corrective actions, including all actions taken in response to a deviation; verification procedures and results; product code(s), product name or identity, or slaughter production lot. Each of these records shall include the date the record was made.

417.5(b) Each entry on a record maintained under the HACCP plan shall be made at the time the specific event occurs and include the date and time recorded, and shall be signed or initialed by the establishment employee making the entry.


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