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IKE Scenario 01-07: Citing Relevant Regulations When Documenting SRM Noncompliance
This IKE is issued in support of FSIS Notice 01-07. It is designed to help inspection program personnel to understand that they need to include all relevant regulatory citations when documenting noncompliance, including the failure to properly remove, segregate, or dispose of specified risk materials (SRMs).

You are an off-line inspector assigned to an establishment that slaughters cattle of various ages. You are familiar with FSIS Notices 9-04 and 5-04. From reading 9 CFR 310.22 you are aware that cattle slaughter and processing establishments are required to develop, implement, and maintain written procedures that are incorporated into their HACCP plan, or in their Sanitation SOP or other prerequisite program for the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs. Also, FSIS Notice 9-04 instructs inspection personnel to verify the establishment's implementation of these procedures when performing HACCP or Sanitation SOP verification procedures, as appropriate.

The plant has a CCP for removing spinal cord from beef carcasses from cattle 30 months of age and older. Today, unlike other days, you observed that a carcass marked as 30 months of age or older has a fragment of spinal cord remaining after passing the CCP monitoring location. The QA technician was performing the CCP monitoring procedure, but did not catch the fragment of spinal cord.

Is there a regulatory noncompliance? What actions should you take?

The carcass did not meet the critical limit specified for the CCP (i.e. spinal cord removed). This is a HACCP monitoring noncompliance because the plant's monitoring procedure did not ensure that every carcass met the critical limit. After the carcass passed the QA technician's monitoring location, you notify the slaughter foreman, and point out the affected carcass. He notifies the QA technician, who initiates corrective actions.

You proceed to the USDA office to document the noncompliance. You enter a result of "C" for the scheduled 03J02 procedure, to indicate monitoring noncompliance. You select 9 CFR 417.2(c)(4) from the list of available regulatory citations. B ecause you are aware that you must cite all applicable non-complying regulatory citations you also select 9 CFR 310.22(d)(1) because the plant has failed to implement it's procedures for removal of SRMs. Then you fully describe your findings in the description block of the NR, including the nature of the SRM (spinal cord from bovine 30 months of age and older) and your observation of how the plant failed to meet the critical limit of the CCP. You present the NR to plant management.

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Last Modified May 19, 2013