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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Address: 80 Brooks Rd, Ferndale, NY 12734
Establishment No.: p17966

USDA Inspection Report: 8 Oct 2010

Code: 06D01
Violation:  416.1, 416.2(a), 416.2(b)(1), 416.2(b)(2), 416.2(b)(3), 416.2(b)(4), 416.3(a), 416.3(c)

Citation: At approximately 0935 hours CSI observed the following noncompliance's while performing a routine walkthrough with the plant manager throughout the establishment, I performed PBIS task 06D01.CSI observed multiple non-compliances, (1) evisceration room area, U.S.D.A observed multiple non-compliances, swimming door between evisceration area and big duck kill room area broken form the base and missing door seal all the way around, I also noted that the door was left open when the plant employee removed condemned product from the evisceration area to the outside, also in evisceration room area, U.S.D.A observed CSI observed insulation cooler unite pipe above the evisceration table Blood Fats feather grease and other forgin material, evisceration area also CSI observed rusted electric box located next to cooler NO.2. (2) shipping packing room area, U.S.D.A observed multiple non-compliances, grease marks stains rust specks missing paint or dirty all over the wall and I noted hanging un-used electrical wire threw out the area and maintence door in the same location if filthy with black grease stain and other unidentified forgian material. (3) Packing department CSI observed the following noncompliance's dark brown substance, dust, debris and foreign material which was observed on an over head two ice machines unites. (4)) big buck kill room area U.S.D.A observed the non-compliances. Missing concrete or broken all over the department, preventive measure and corrective actions previous plant proposed further action were not done or are ineffective like the repair of concrete floor in big duck kill room. (5) U.S.D.A office, CSI observed the following noncompliance I observed live rodent and rodent droppings several places in the U.S.D.A office floor/wall juncture behind the desk, I also observed a dead mouse on the glue board in the U.S.D.A office underneath the desk. (6) Freezer No.1 ice buildup above addible package product Due to moisture or freezer door not closing tightly Observed an excessive amount of ice forming located directly above package product the ice buildup was not removed sins the last noncompliance NR. Dated 09/09/10. I immediately notified the plant manager verbally and in writing of these non-compliances listed above. Plant manager were notified of the failure to meet regulatory requirements. For (CFR.416.1) (CFR (416.2(b) (2) (4)-(416.4(a) (b) - (416.3) (a) (c) Plant manager immediately talk maintenance manager about the all non-compliances listed above. USDA reviewed the Establishments SOP Record for these areas and all plant inspection checks were marked "A" for acceptable. These Records did not reflect the conditions observed by USDA during this Inspection. The establishment's monitoring failed to detect or prevent these deviations from Sanitary Standard Operating Procedure and thereby presented a risk of product adulteration. U.S.D.A inspector explained to plant manager that this is considered a none product contact surface. But if not detected these noncompliance's could cause product adulteration or the creation of insanitary conditions if allowed to come into contact with product, and could pose a public health issue if product entered commerce. The plants further planned actions has not been effective in correcting the deficiencies. And this document serves as a written notification that failure to comply with regulatory requirements could result in additional regulatory or administrative action.


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) 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) 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)(2) Walls, floors, and ceilings within establishments must be built of durable materials impervious to moisture and be cleaned and sanitized as necessary to prevent adulteration of product 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(b)(4) Rooms or compartments in which edible product is processed, handled, or stored must be separate and distinct from rooms or compartments in which inedible product is processed, handled, or stored, to the extent necessary to prevent product adulteration and the creation of insanitary conditions.

416.3(a) Equipment and utensils used for processing or otherwise handling edible product or ingredients must be of such material and construction to facilitate thorough cleaning and to ensure that their use will not cause the adulteration of product during processing, handling, or storage. Equipment and utensils must be maintained in sanitary condition so as not to adulterate product.

416.3(c) Receptacles used for storing inedible material must be of such material and construction that their use will not result in the adulteration of any edible product or in the creation of insanitary conditions. Such receptacles must not be used for storing any edible product and must bear conspicuous and distinctive marking to identify permitted uses.


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