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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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

USDA Inspection Report: 31 Oct 2010

Code: 01B02
Violation:  416.13(a), 416.3(a), 416.3(b), 416.4(a), 416.4(b), 416.5(b)

Citation: On Sunday October 31 At approximately 0647 hours while performing un-scheduled PBIS task 01B02 and after the QA had preformed pre-op sanitation and before the start of operations, the CSI observed multiple non-compliances.1) In the evisceration room the CSI observed unidentified black specks, blood, feathers, Fats, and stains, and foreign material found on 10 aprons ready to be use by plant employees, this non-compliances considered food-contact surfaces, CSI took corrective action by applied U.S. Rejected tag # B40198890 to all 10 aprons. Also CSI observed in same department unidentified black specks; blood, feathers, Fats, and stains, rusts, and foreign material all over Duck salvages rack from the previous day's operation. 2) cut-up department CSI unidentified black specks, fats, blood, grease all over the ice machine, ice machine located between evisceration room and cut-up department. . 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) states General rules, which states, 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. And (CFR.416.3)(a) 416.3)b and (416.5) (b) and (416.13) (a) Plant manager immediately took corrective action by removing all old dirty aprons from plant employee and replace them for new aprons. And Plant manager immediately scrub clean and sanitized, ice machine, the same for Duck salvage rack scrub clean and sanitized, After sanitary conditions were restored I re-inspected all the non-compliances listed above, and found it acceptable and U.S. Rejected tag were removed, I explained to, Plant manager that this is considered a product contact surface in one department, and non product contact surface in the other departments. These non-compliances if not detected 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. These types of noncompliance's do not meet USDA Regulatory Requirements and this plants written SOP/Sanitation plan and the responsibilities of an approved TQC system 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. And Continue failure to meet regulatory requirements could result in further enforcement actions as described in 9 CFR Part 500- Rules of Practice.


416.13(a) Each official establishment shall conduct the pre-operational procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s before the start of operations.

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(b) Equipment and utensils must not be constructed, located, or operated in a manner that prevents FSIS inspection program employees from inspecting the equipment or utensils to determine whether they are in sanitary condition.

416.4(a) All food-contact surfaces, including food-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment, must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.4(b) Non-food-contact surfaces of facilities, equipment, and utensils used in the operation of the establishment must be cleaned and sanitized as frequently as necessary to prevent the creation of insanitary conditions and the adulteration of product.

416.5(b) Aprons, frocks, and other outer clothing worn by persons who handle product must be of material that is disposable or readily cleaned. Clean garments must be worn at the start of each working day and garments must be changed during the day as often as necessary to prevent adulteration of product and the creation of insanitary conditions.


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