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La Belle Farm Inc.

Address: 504 Stanton Corner Rd, Ferndale, NY 12734
Establishment No.: p19150

USDA Inspection Report: 20 Oct 2011

Code: 03C02
Violation: 381.66(b), 417.5(c)

Citation: On October 20, 2011, at approximately 11:47 hours, while en route to another Federally-inspected establishment on the property, I observed edible duck product in the process of being loaded onto a refrigerated box truck parked at the shipping dock and on the verge of entering into commerce. Amongst the five (5) waxed cardboard boxes present inside the box truck, one (1) was seen to bear today’s Julian date, two hundred ninety-three (293). I asked the firm’s production supervisor, [redacted] if the approximately fifty (50) pounds of vacuum-packaged, bone-in duck legs contained therein had been derived from carcasses processed today. Mr. [redacted] answered in the affirmative. I requested that Mr. [redacted] provide me a thermometer with which to take a temperature of this product. He promptly complied. This digital thermometer, which had been calibrated earlier today, registered a temperature of fifty-four (54) degrees Fahrenheit when inserted between two packages of product. I retained the affected product by affixing the Food Safety and Inspection Service Form 6502-1 #B40157506 and requested that the box and its retained contents be removed from the truck and returned to the plant’s cold storage facilities. Mr. [redacted] swiftly fulfilled my request.[newline] [newline]At approximately 11:58 hours, while investigating the establishment’s records, I discovered that management had also failed to conduct a review of records associated with the production of the retained product prior to attempting to ship it. [newline] [newline]These observations constitute a failure to comply with the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 9, Chapter III, Animals and Animal Products, Part 381, Poultry Products Inspection Regulations, Section 66(b) and Part 417, HACCP Systems, Section 5(c). I explained the nature of the compliances to Mr. [redacted] who was present at the time of discovery.[newline] [newline]Federal regulations regarding product temperatures and chilling and freezing procedures are mandated by law and enforced in the field by FSIS inspection program personnel to eliminate, or reduce to an acceptable level, the outgrowth of any spoilage and/or pathogenic microorganisms that may be present and promote product wholesomeness.[newline] [newline]This document serves as written notification that failure to comply with regulatory requirements may result in additional regulatory and/or administrative action(s).


381.66(b) General chilling requirements, except for ratites. All poultry that is slaughtered and eviscerated in the official establishment shall be chilled immediately after processing so that the internal temperature is reduced to 40 °F. or less, as provided in paragraph (b)(2) of this section unless such poultry is to be frozen or cooked immediately at the official establishment. Eviscerated poultry to be shipped from the establishment in packaged form shall be maintained at 40 °F. or less, except that during further processing and packaging operations, the internal temperature may rise to a maximum of 55 °F.: Provided, That immediately after packaging, the poultry is placed under refrigeration at a temperature that will promptly lower the internal temperature of the product to 40 °F. or less, or the poultry is placed in a freezer. Poultry which is to be held at the plant in packaged form in excess of 24 hours shall be held in a room at a temperature of 36 °F. or less.

417.5(c) Prior to shipping product, the establishment shall review the records associated with the production of that product, documented in accordance with this section, to ensure completeness, including the determination that all critical limits were met and, if appropriate, corrective actions were taken, including the proper disposition of product. Where practicable, this review shall be conducted, dated, and signed by an individual who did not produce the record(s), preferably by someone trained in accordance with § 417.7 of this part, or the responsible establishment official.


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