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: 13 Apr 2011

Code: 01C02
Violation:  416.4(a)

Citation: At approximately 1300 hours on this date, FSIS Inspection Personnel observed an employee in the small bird slaughter room who was working at the "wax breaking" station use a knife for trimming excess wax from a poultry carcass. When the first carcass was finished the knife was put into the bottom of the trough which contained water, blood and other materials from slaughtered poultry carcasses. The trough is located directly below a series of hooks on which the waxed poultry are hung for ease of breaking wax and trimming. The trough collects the wax, excess water, blood etc dripping from the poultry carcasses and drains out to the floor drains. When the first carcass was transferred to the next station in the process the employee picked up the knife from the trough and continued to work on the second carcass in line. In this instance 416.4 was not being met. The knife was not sanitized after being placed into contaminated water for work on the second carcass. Plant Manager was notified of this infraction and all carcasses were sanitized with chlorinated water of 30 PPM to prevent contamination, the trough was cleared of plugged residue, standing water, all utensils(knives) were sanitized and PM had knife sheaths added to the frame of the unit for knife storage while carcasses are being transferred to the next station. Employees were addressed for proper sanitation procedures as required in the plant SSOP program.


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.


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