Putting Glass Walls on New York's Slaughterhouses So We Can See Behind Closed Doors
Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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

USDA Inspection Report: 21 Oct 2010

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

Citation: At approximately 1125 hours CSI observed the following noncompliance's while performing a routine walkthrough with the plant manager throughout the Establishment, I performed an unscheduled PBIS task 06D01.CSI observed multiple non compliances, 1) Freezer NO.1. I identified the following condition which is in violation of regulations contained in 9 CFR 416. On the East wall of the Freezer Storage Area there are broken concrete missing chipped or worn off, also a large condensate ice cycles hanging from the air conditioning unit in the back of this freezer. ice cycles was not removed sins the last noncompliance NR.10/08/2010, Upon review of this company's sanitation documents prepared for the day, Also pallets and broken boxes lids blocks the freezer entrance, prevent the CSI from entering the area checking for rodent and other pests, 2) In the Raw Product Storage Cooler NO. 2 there is condensation over the door frame upon entering this cooler, condensation droplets on the bottom of the air conditioning unit, and condensation forming on the ceiling in several other areas of this cooler. No direct product contamination was observed in either one of these storage areas. 3) Walls between new cooler area and shipping manager room office CSI observed display of black & brown staining marks all over the area walls paint has white flaked, chipped or worn off. 3) evisceration room area, U.S.D.A observed non-compliances, swimming double door between evisceration area and big duck kill room area broken form the base and missing door seal all the way around has never bean repair sins the last 3 NR. And the same for the other 3 double swimming doors never bean replace or repaired, 4) upon entering small ducks kill room area CSI observed broken concrete louse or missing, concrete has bean repaired previous but planned actions has not been effective in correcting the deficiencies, 5) U.S.D.A office, CSI observed 3 live rodent on top U.S.D.A desk and rodent droppings several places in the U.S.D.A office floor/wall juncture behind the desk, I also observed 5 dead mouse on the glue board in the U.S.D.A office underneath the desk. 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.416.2) b.1-2-3 (CFR.416.)A (CFR.416.1) Plant manager immediately talk maintenance manager about the all non-compliances listed above. These types of noncompliance's do not meet USDA Regulatory Requirements and this plants written SOP/S. 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. Continue failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in further enforcement actions as described in 9 CFR Part 500- Rules of Practice.


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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 31 Oct 2010
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