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Pursuant to Title 25-A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
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Health Regulation and Licensing Administration    Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division    899 North Capitol Street, NE   Washington, DC 20002
http://doh.dc.gov/service/food-safety      email: food.safety@dc.gov
Establishment Name  AMERICAN BEST CHICKEN AND WAFFLE
Address  380 EASTERN AVE NE
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20019
Telephone
 (202) 560-5583
 E-mail address  tareqalm@gmail.com
Date of Inspection
 04
/
 23
/
 2021
    Time In
 11
:
 15
AM     Time Out
 01
:
 00
PM  
License Holder  American Best Chicken and Waffle, LLC
License/Customer No.  09305xxxx-20000095
License Period
 09 
/
 01 
/
 2020 
 - 
 08 
/
 31 
/
 2022 
 Type of Inspection
 Complaint
Establishment Type:  Delicatessen
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  2 COS  2 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  1 COS  0 R  0
Core Violations  10 COS  1 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
  
CFPM #:   

CFPM Expiration Date:       /    /          
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Goode 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Valley Proteins 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 J & J Pest Control 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Chinchilla's Hood Cleaning. 
FOODBORNE ILLNESS RISK FACTORS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
  Compliance Status COS R
  Supervision  
IN OUT 1. Person in charge present, demonstrates knowledge, and performs duties
 
 
IN OUT 2. Certified Food Protection Manager
 
 
  Employee Health  
IN OUT 3. Management, food employee, and conditional employee; knowledge, responsibilities, and reporting
 
 
IN OUT 4. Proper use of restriction and exclusion
 
 
IN OUT 5. Procedures for responding to vomiting and diarrheal events
 
 
  Good Hygienic Practices  
IN OUT N/O 6. Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use
 
 
IN OUT N/O 7. No discharge from eyes, nose, and mouth
 
 
  Control of Hands as a Vehicle of Contamination  
IN OUT N/O 8. Hands clean and properly washed
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 9. No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate procedure properly allowed
 
 
IN OUT 10. Adequate handwashing sinks properly supplied and accessible
 
 
  Approved Source  
IN OUT 11. Food obtained from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 12. Food received at proper temperature
 
 
IN OUT 13. Food in good condition, safe, and unadulterated
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 14. Required records available: shellstock tags, parasite destruction
 
 
  Protection from Contamination  
IN OUT N/A 15. Food separated and protected
 
 
IN OUT N/A 16. Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized
 
 
IN OUT 17. Proper disposition of returned, previously served, reconditioned, and unsafe food
 
 
  Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food)  
IN OUT N/A N/O 18. Proper cooking time and temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 19. Proper reheating procedures for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 20. Proper cooling time and temperature
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 21. Proper hot holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A 22. Proper cold holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 23. Proper date marking and disposition
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 24. Time as a public health control: procedures and records
 
 
  Consumer Advisory  
IN OUT N/A 25. Consumer advisory provided for raw or undercooked foods
 
 
  Highly Susceptible Populations  
IN OUT N/A 26. Pasteurized foods used; prohibited foods not offered
 
 
  Chemical  
IN OUT N/A 27. Food additives: approved and properly used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 28. Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used
 
 
  Conformance with Approved Procedures  
IN OUT N/A 29. Compliance with variance, specialized process, and HACCP plan
 
 
 
GOOD RETAIL PRACTICES
  Compliance Status COS R
  Safe Food and Water  
IN OUT N/A 30. Pasteurized eggs used where required
 
 
IN OUT 31. Water and ice from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A 32. Variance obtained for specialized processing methods
 
 
  Food Temperature Control  
IN OUT 33. Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 34. Plant food properly cooked for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 35. Approved thawing methods used
 
 
IN OUT 36. Thermometers provided and accurate
 
 
  Food Identification  
IN OUT 37. Food properly labeled; original container
 
 
  Prevention of Food Contamination  
IN OUT 38. Insects, rodents, and animals not present
 
 
IN OUT 39. Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage, and display
 
 
IN OUT N/A 40. Personal cleanliness
 
 
IN OUT 41. Wiping cloths: properly used and stored
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 42. Washing fruits and vegetables
 
 
  Proper Use of Utensils  
IN OUT 43. In-use utensils: properly stored
 
 
IN OUT 44. Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried, and handled
 
 
IN OUT 45. Single-use/single-service articles: properly stored and used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 46. Gloves used properly
 
 
  Utensils, Equipment, and Vending  
IN OUT 47. Food and nonfood-contact surfaces cleanable, properly designed, constructed, and used
 
 
IN OUT 48. Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained, and used; test strips
 
 
IN OUT 49. Nonfood-contact surfaces clean
 
 
  Physical Facilities  
IN OUT 50. Hot and cold water available; adequate pressure
 
 
IN OUT 51. Plumbing installed; proper backflow devices
 
 
IN OUT 52. Sewage and waste water properly disposed
 
 
IN OUT 53. Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied, and cleaned
 
 
IN OUT 54. Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained
 
 
IN OUT 55. Physical facilities installed, maintained, and clean
 
 
IN OUT 56. Adequate ventilation and lighting; designated areas used
 
 
IN = in compliance OUT = not in compliance N/O = not observed
N/A = not applicable COS = corrected on-site R = repeat violation
Establishment Name  AMERICAN BEST CHICKEN AND WAFFLE    Establishment Address  380 EASTERN AVE NE
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
15. - Food is not stored in a manner to protect from cross contamination. Raw shrimp and beef were stored above ready to eat turkey bacon in the sandwich prep refrigerator and raw eggs were also stored above vegetables in the walk-in refrigerator. The raw foods were moved to the bottom units at the time of call. (Corrected On Site)  802.1(a)-(b) Food shall be protected from cross contamination by: (a) Except as specified in Section 802.1(a)(3), separating raw animal foods during storage, preparation, holding, and display from: (1) Raw ready-to-eat food including other raw animal food such as fish for sushi or molluscan shellfish, or other raw ready-to-eat food such as fruits and vegetables; P and (2) Cooked ready-to-eat food; P and (3) Frozen, commercially processed and packaged raw animal food may be stored or displayed with or above frozen, commercially processed and packaged, ready-to eat food; (b) Except when combined as ingredients, separating types of raw animal foods from each other such as beef, fish, lamb, pork, and poultry during storage, preparation, holding, and display by: (1) Using separate equipment for each type; P or (2) Arranging each type of food in equipment so that cross contamination of one type with another is prevented, and (3) Preparing each type of food at different times or in separate areas. P  
35. - Observed thawing raw chicken submerged in a standing water in the 3 compartment sink. The food was submerged in cold running water at the time of call. (Corrected On Site)  1002.1 Except as specified in Section 1002.5, potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be thawed under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)) or less; or: (a) Completely submerged under running water: (1) At a water temperature of twenty-one degrees Celsius (21 degrees C) (seventy degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees F)) or below; (2) With sufficient water velocity to agitate and float off loose particles in an overflow; (3) For a period of time that does not allow thawed portions of ready-to-eat food to rise above five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)); or (4) For a period of time that does not allow thawed portions of a raw animal food requiring cooking as specified in Sections 900.1 and 900.2 to be above five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)), or seven degrees Celsius (7 degrees C) (forty-five degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees F)) as specified in Sections 900.1 and 900.2, for more than four (4) hours including the time the food is exposed to the running water and the time needed for preparation for cooking, or the time it takes under refrigeration to lower the food temperature (41 degrees F)); (b) As a part of a cooking process if the food that is frozen is: (1) Cooked as specified in Sections 900.1, 900.2 or Section 901; or (2) Thawed in a microwave oven and immediately transferred to conventional cooking equipment, with no interruption in the process; or (c) Using any procedure if a portion of frozen ready-to-eat food is thawed and prepared for immediate service in response to an individual consumer's order.  
36. - There are no visible thermometers in the reach-in and walk-in refrigerators.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  1524.2 Cold or hot holding equipment used for potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be designed to include and shall be equipped with at least one (1) integral or permanently affixed temperature measuring device that is located to allow easy viewing of the device's temperature display, except as specified in Section 1524.3.  
37. - Working containers of foods that are not easily recognizable are not name labeled.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  803.1 Working containers holding food or food ingredients that are removed from their original packages for use in the food establishment, such as cooking oils, flour, herbs, potato flakes, salt, spices, and sugar shall be identified with the common name of the food, except that containers holding food that can be readily and unmistakably recognized, such as dry pasta, need not be identified.  
39. - Several boxes of foods were stored on the floor of the walk-in refrigerator.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  816.1 Except as specified in Sections 816.2 and 816.3, food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food: (a) In a clean, dry location; (b) Where it is not exposed to splash, dust, or other contamination; and (c) At least fifteen centimeters (15 cm) or six inches (6 in.) above the floor.  
41. - Wet wiping cloths are not stored in sanitizer buckets when not in use.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  812.2 Cloths that are in-use for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces shall be: (a) Held between uses in a chemical sanitizer solution at a concentration specified in Section 1813; and (b) Laundered daily as specified in Section 2101.4.  
48. - There are no chemical test strips available to measure the concentration of the sanitizing solution.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1608.1 A test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in micrograms per liter (mg/L) of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Pf  
51. - The garbage disposal unit (food waste grinder) is out of order.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  2418.1 A plumbing system shall be: (a) Repaired according to the D.C. Plumbing Code (2008) incorporating the International Plumbing Code 2006, as amended by the D.C. Plumbing Code Supplement (subtitle F of 12 DCMR); and (b) Maintained in good repair.  
52. - There was spill over of used oil (grease) at grease container area. The area was cleaned at the time of call. (Corrected On Site)  2604.1 Sewage shall be conveyed to the point of disposal through an approved sanitary sewage system or other system, including use of sewage transport vehicles, waste retention tanks, pumps, pipes, hoses, and connections that are constructed, maintained, and operated in accordance with the D.C. Plumbing Code (2008) incorporating the International Plumbing Code 2006, as amended by the D.C. Plumbing Code Supplement (subtitle F of 12 DCMR). P  
53. - The toilet room does not have a covered receptacle for the disposal of feminine hygiene products.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  2707.1 A toilet room used by females shall be provided with a covered receptacle for feminine hygiene products.  
55. - Floor underneath the cooking equipment and under the shelving units was unclean.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  3201.1 The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean.  
55. - Observed damaged ceiling tile in the kitchen.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  3200.1 The physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair.  
56. - There is insufficient lighting (2 blown bulbs) in the hood system (cooking area).(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  3008.1(c) At least five hundred forty (540) lux or fifty (50) foot candles at a surface where a food employee is working with food or working with utensils or equipment including knives, slicers, grinders, or saws where employee safety is a factor.  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Grits (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Salmon (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) 40.0F Fish - Whiting (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F
Raw Shrimp (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Steak raw (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 37.0F Turkey Bacon (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) 41.0F
Rice steamed (Rice Steamer) (Hot Holding) 158.0F (Display Refrigerator) 40.0F Lettuce (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Chicken (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F
Mixed Vegetables (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 33.0F Lamb (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F (Reach-in Freezer) -4.0F (Walk-in Refrigerator) 40.0F
Cheese (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Chicken (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Chick Peas (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Collard green (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F
Macaroni and cheese (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Ranch dressing (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F (Walk-in Freezer) -1.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink (kitchen)) 119.0F
Sausage (Griddle) (Cooking) 188.0F            
Inspector Comments:
Correct cited violation within 5 calendar-days.
Correct cited violations within 14 calendar-days.
Person in charge, Tareque Alam possesses a food manager's certificate from Prometric on 01/02/20 and submitted an application for a DC issued certificate.
If you have any questions, please contact the Area Supervisor at food.safety@dc.gov with your inquiry details.
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  Tareque Alam 04/23/2021
 Person-in-Charge (Signature) (Print) Date
    Solomon Balcha 038  04/23/2021 
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