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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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

USDA Inspection Report: 25 Jan 2012

Code: 01B02
Violation:  416.1, 416.13(c), 416.3(a), 416.4(a), 416.4(b)

Citation: At approximately 0655 hours, observed the following while performing the review and observation, and recordkeeping, verification activities, of a scheduled routine Pre-Op SSOP Review and Observation task prior to the start of operations, and subsequent the establishments verbal and noted acceptable pre-operational inspection. In the Evisceration Room unknown thread-like material, green in color, affixed to two plastic cones, and fraying plastic pieces on the direct product contact surface of the tabletop processing cone stands stationed on the processing table along the West wall adjacent the hand-wash sink. Processing cone stands rejected with US Rejected tag# B40 198719. The electrical control box posted on the West wall above the processing table has a black unknown substance on the bottom-exposed surface, directly above the processing table, and on the plastic electrical conduit pipes and junction box exiting the control box. In the Large Kill Room, rested along the Northeast wall adjacent the two picking machines, observed five dried feathers on the top section of the tabletop for Picker #1, a direct product contact surface, and dried feathers, meat particles and grease on the underside of the tabletop, a non-product contact surface. Picker #2 has product residue embedded within the pitted and uneven welds, along the square opening for the rotating rubber fingers on the tabletop, a product contact surface. Picker #1 and Picker #2 rejected with US Rejected tag# B40198717. The two power cords exiting the picking machines that extend to the ceiling have dried meat and fat particles, and dried feathers scattered on the exposed surfaces. In the Processing Room, two large plastic totes and one large plastic rolling bin used for edible products are unclean and have an unknown black matter, and grit/stone-like substance on the inside bottom surface, a direct product contact surface. Two large totes and one large rolling bin rejected with US Rejected tag#B40198718. Production Supervisor, immediately notified verbally of the non-compliances. The establishments SSOP Plan signed and dated 10/20/09, page 1, section I. Pre-operational Sanitation, sub-section A. Equipment Cleaning, part 2. Monitoring and Recordkeeping states: &[redacted]s ”. This is a failure to meet 9CFR 416.1, 9CFR 416.13(c), 9CFR 416.4(a), 9CFR 416.4(b) and 9CFR 416.3(a).


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.

416.13(c) Each official establishment shall monitor daily the implementation of the procedures in the Sanitation SOP’s.

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.


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