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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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

USDA Inspection Report: 22 Nov 2010

Code: 01C02
Violation:  416.13(b), 416.14, 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)

Citation: FSIS operational inspection procedure 01C02 to assess compliance with sanitation requirements. At approximately 1115 hours while performing scheduled PBIS (operational sanitation) CSI observed multiple non-compliances, 1) packing room area, water about 3/4 inches in deferent location in packing room floor doing operation hour no product in this are at this time, plant employee in the area walking through the bloody and dirty water, immediately U.S.D.A. took a corrective action by immediately applied U.S. Rejected tag #NO B4198793 and notifying plant manager for failure to meet USDA Regulatory Requirements. 2) shipping an receiving area, trash and debris (plastic, paper, pieces of woods plastic pipes, boxes, being allowed to accumulate throughout the Receiving and shipping Dock Area outside of the shipping Cooler, 3) evisceration department area. CSI observed significant amounts of blood fat water skin all over the floor. After the QA had preformed operational sanitation after lunch brake. U.S.D.A. took a corrective action by stopping the operation from re-start and immediately notify plant manager for failure to meet USDA Regulatory Requirements. 4) Box room area. CSI observed empty broken boxes and paper knifes on top broken lids and other debris all over the box room area floor. Department, manager immediately verbally and in writing notified of these non-compliances. The Plant manager was notified of the failure to meet regulatory requirements. CFR( 416.13)b (416.14)c (416.3)a (416.4)a.b (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. The establishment's monitoring/implementation was ineffective in preventing the insanitary conditions and the regulatory noncompliance. Plant management immediately. immediately provided the following preventive measure and corrective action by re-washing the evies area and scrubbed the evies table and walls with soap and properly cleaned and sanitized the equipment and all these non-compliances listed above. After sanitary conditions were restored I re-inspected all the non-compliances are listed above and found it acceptable and I released to establishment. 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. 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.


416.13(b) Each official establishment shall conduct all other procedures in the

416.14 Each official establishment shall routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the Sanitation SOP’s and the procedures therein in preventing direct contamination or adulteration of product(s) and shall revise both as necessary to keep them effective and current with respect to changes in facilities, equipment, utensils, operations, or personnel.

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.

416.4(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.


Next Report: USDA Inspection Report: 7 Dec 2010
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 31 Oct 2010

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