Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
El Toro Farm Fresh Cheese Co. 5/2/12
Department of Health and Human Services
|Public Health Service|
Food and Drug Administration
Atlanta District Office
60 Eighth Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
- You must ensure that all plant equipment and utensils are so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable and ensure that all food contact surfaces are corrosion-resistant when in contact with food, to comply with 21 CFR 110.40(a). However, the following objectionable observations regarding your equipment and utensils were made during the inspection:
- The cheese drain trays you use in your cheese processing operations contained pre-drilled, rough-edged holes which cannot be appropriately cleaned.
- The cheese molds you use are constructed of galvanized metal, which has the potential to corrode and contaminate food products. This is a repeat violation.
- The flexible raw product hose was observed to contain an internal ribbed surface that does not enable the hose to be adequately cleaned and sanitized, as evidenced by the accumulation of black grime observed between the ribs.
- You must maintain the instruments used for measuring, recording, and regulating conditions that control or prevent the growth of undesirable microorganisms in food, to comply with 21 CFR 110.40(f). However, you failed to calibrate the indicating, air space, and recording thermometers used in batch pasteurizing of raw milk and the stem and unit thermometers used for the finished product coolers. This is a repeat violation.
- You must maintain the buildings, fixtures, and other physical facilities of the plant in a sanitary condition, to comply with 21 CFR 110.35(a). However, the following objectionable conditions were noted during the inspection:
- The walls, floors, and ceilings throughout the processing room were observed with a build-up of dirt, debris, and cobwebs. This is a repeat violation.
- The wires that connect to the temperature recorder were observed with grime accumulation, while the wires were suspended directly above the batch pasteurizer. This is a repeat violation.
- Grime and milk build-up on the internal surface of the outlet plug valve, indicating thermometer well, recording thermometer well, and the air space thermometer well. This is a repeat violation.
- Build-up was observed on the inside surface of the batch pasteurizer lids and on the centrifugal pump and hose. This is a repeat violation.
- The two hand sinks observed in your production room contain open corrugated seams that allow water or other substances to enter without a means to be efficiently cleaned.
- You must ensure that non-food-contact surfaces of equipment used in the operation of your plant are cleaned as frequently as necessary to protect against contamination of food, to comply with 21 CFR 110.35(d)(3). However, the outside tank used to store raw milk was observed with grime accumulation, particularly around the outlet valve. This is a repeat violation.
- Your plant and facilities must be constructed in such a manner that floors may be adequately cleaned and kept clean and in good repair, to comply with 21 CFR 110.20(b)(4). However, the floors throughout your plant were observed pitted and water eroded. This is a repeat violation. Also, the raised floor platform adjacent to the batch pasteurizer was observed water damaged and with peeling paint.
- You must properly store equipment, remove litter and waste, and cut weeds or grass within the immediate vicinity of the plant buildings or structures that may constitute an attractant, breeding place, or harborage for pests, to comply with 21 CFR 110.20(a)(1). However, our investigators observed the following objectionable conditions:
- A 20’Lx20’Wx4’H pile of melon peels, located approximately 20 yards from the manufacturing facility and serving as an attractant, as evidenced by at least two pigs, five goats, and one peacock on top and around the pile.
- Animal feces on the grounds immediately adjacent to the manufacturing facility, serving as a pest attractant and potential adulterant, as it could have been tracked into the facility.
- A 60’Lx10’Wx6’H pile of woods located approximately 10 yards behind the facility, serving as a potential breeding place or harborage area for pests.
- Unused equipment and miscellaneous items, including barbed wire, 10-gallon drums, and two non-functional food delivery trucks, around the manufacturing facility, serving as a potential breeding place and harborage area for pests.