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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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

USDA Inspection Report: 22 Dec 2010

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

Citation: On wensday December 22 At approximately 0950 hours while performing scheduled PBIS task 01C02 and after the QA had preformed op-sanitation, and before establishment re-start operation from lunch brake. CSI observed multiple non-compliances.1) While verifying sanitary conditions in the area of the 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 a large condensate ice cycles hanging from the air conditioning unit in the back of this freezer. ice cycles about 3 feet's long by 2 feet's around, Upon reviewing of this company sanitation documents prepared for the day, these areas mentioned above were marked as acceptable. Also pallets and broken boxes lids blocks the freezer entrance, prevent the CSI from entering the area checking for rodent and other pests, ) 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. I immediately notified plant manager verbally and in writing of these non-compliances. The Plant manager was notified of the failure to meet regulatory requirements. (CFR.416.3)( b) (CFR.416.4)( b) (CFR.416.1) and 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. plant manager immediately provided the following preventive measure and corrective action. I observed as the establishment implemented corrective actions by immediately talk to maintenance manager about the non-compliances, and maintenance manager immediately remove buildup ice cycles from freezer unite. The establishment's monitoring/implementation was ineffective in preventing the insanitary conditions and the regulatory noncompliance. This is a repetitive noncompliance (NR) and therefore linked to NR: 0037-2010-13720 dated 09/09/2010: Past Similar NRs Previous Ineffective Plant Actions: procedures to prevent reoccurrence ineffective, The establishment's SSOP monitoring failed to detect or prevent these deviations from Sanitary Standard Operating Procedure and thereby presented a risk of product adulteration. 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. U.S.DA , I explained to, Plant manager that this is considered a non product contact surface. but 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. 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(b) Each official establishment shall conduct all other procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s at the frequencies specified.

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(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: 3 Jan 2011
Previous Report: USDA Inspection Report: 15 Dec 2010

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