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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  AKIRA RAMEN & IZAKAYA
Address  2479 18TH ST NW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20009
Telephone
 (202) 588-1510
 E-mail address  zhuomingjing@gmail.com
Date of Inspection
 06
/
 05
/
 2021
    Time In
 03
:
 10
PM     Time Out
 05
:
 18
PM  
License Holder  Akira DC, LLC
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-20000070
License Period
 01 
/
 01 
/
 2020 
 - 
 12 
/
 31 
/
 2021 
 Type of Inspection
 Routine
Establishment Type:  Restaurant Total
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  3 COS  0 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  4 COS  1 R  0
Core Violations  9 COS  2 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
  
CFPM #:   

CFPM Expiration Date:       /    /          
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Good Friends 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Atlantic Biofuels 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
  
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Professional Cleaning Service 
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  AKIRA RAMEN & IZAKAYA    Establishment Address  2479 18TH ST NW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
2. - There is no one on duty during the time of inspection, that has a Certified Food Protection Manager ID Card issued by the Department.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  203.3 A person in charge who is a certified food protection manager as required in Section 203.1 shall obtain a District-issued Food Protection Manager Identification Card (ID Card), issued by the Department, and shall renew the District-issued ID Card every three (3) years. P  
3. - The establishment did not provide proof of an employee health policy for the prevention of foodborne illness. I provided the establishment with a copy of the Food Code's employee health guideline. (Corrected On Site)  300.1 The licensee shall require food employees and conditional employees to report to the person in charge, in accordance with this Section, information about their health and activities as they relate to diseases that are transmissible through food.  
5. - The establishment does not have approved procedures for responding to a contamination event due to vomiting or diarrhea. (provided) (Corrected On Site)  504.1 A licensee shall ensure that its food establishment shall have procedures for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events that involve the discharge of vomitus or fecal matter onto surfaces in the food establishment. The procedures shall address the specific actions employees must take to minimize the spread of contamination and the exposure of employees, consumers, food, and surfaces to vomitus or fecal matter. Pf  
10. - There is no handwashing signage at the handwashing sink located at the sushi bar. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  3004.1 A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands shall be provided at all handwashing sinks used by food employees and shall be clearly visibly to food employees.  
14. - he establishment did not provide a current parasite destruction letter. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  904.2 If the fish are frozen by a supplier, a written agreement or statement from the supplier stipulating that the fish supplied are frozen to a temperature and for a time specified in Section 903 may substitute for the records specified in Section 904.1.  
15. - Raw eggs stored above sauces at the walk-in refrigerator shelf. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  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  
23. - Temperature control for safety foods intended to be held for more than 24 hours are not date marked.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1007.1 Except when packaging food using a reduced oxygen packaging method as specified in Section 1011, and except as specified in Section 1007.4 and 1007.5, refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) prepared and held in a food establishment for more than twenty- four (24) hours shall be clearly marked to indicate the date or day by which the food shall be consumed on the premises, sold, or discarded when held at a temperature of five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)) or less for a maximum of seven (7) days. Pf  
29. - The establishment is not following its HACCP plan. There is no indication of monitoring or verification of temperatures. There is no indication of monitoring or verification on the pH logs. During the visit no one can demonstrate Ph. meter and thermometer calibration. There is no distilled water. There is no PH calibrations solutions during the visit. (Correct Violation within 5 Calendar Days)  4104.2(a) If the Department grants a variance as specified in Section 4102, or a HACCP Plan is otherwise required as specified in Section 4202, the licensee shall: (a) Comply with the HACCP Plan and procedures submitted and approved as the basis for the variance. P  
33. - Observed curry tightly covered while cooling at the reach-in refrigerator. (Explained and an employee loosely covered the item to continue cooling) (Corrected On Site)  1004.2 When placed in cooling or cold holding equipment, food containers in which food is being cooled shall be: (a) Arranged in the equipment to provide maximum heat transfer through the container walls; and (b) Loosely covered or uncovered if protected from overhead contamination as specified in Section 816.1(b), during the cooling period to facilitate heat transfer from the surface of the food.  
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.  
38. - The date that pest extermination services were last provided to the establishment is not available.(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  3210.2 The licensee shall maintain a copy of the establishment's professional service contract and service schedule, and the following documents shall be available for inspection: Pf (a) Name and address of its District-licensed Pesticide Operator/contractor; (b) Frequency of pest extermination services provided under the contract; and (c) Date pest extermination services were last provided to the establishment.  
39. - Eggs in card boxes and sauces in containers were stored on a floor at 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. - The final rinse temperature of the dishwasher observed on the gauge was 105 degrees F. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  1809.2 The temperature of the wash solution in spray-type warewashers that use chemicals to sanitize shall not be less than forty-nine degrees Celsius (49 degrees C) (one hundred twenty degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees F)). Pf  
55. - Observed mold at the wall around the dish wash area. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  3201.1 The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean.  
56. - Observed grease and dust accumulated at the cooking ventilation hood. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  1509.4 Hoods, grease-removal devices, fans, ducts and other appurtenances shall be cleaned at intervals necessary to prevent the accumulation of grease.  
 
Sanitizer: Chlorine, 50 ppm, 0.0 pH, 105.0°F 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Hot Water (Dishwashing Machine - Final Rinse Cycle) 105.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Sushi bar) 112.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - kitchen) 112.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Dishwash area) 113.0F
Hot Water (3-compartment sink) 123.0F (Walk-in Refrigerator) 40.0F (Reach-in Refrigerator) 38.0F (Reach-in Refrigerator) 40.0F
(Reach-in Refrigerator) 39.0F (Refrigerator - sushi display) 39.0F Salmon (Refrigerator - sushi display) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Tuna (Refrigerator - sushi display) (Cold Holding) 38.0F
Rice steamed (Rice Steamer) (Hot Holding) 156.0F Mushrooms (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Corn (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Sauce (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F
Onions raw (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Curry Sauce (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cooling) 86.0F Peppers (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Chicken (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F
Pork (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Chicken (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Sauce (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F    
Inspector Comments:
Correct cited violations within 5 and 14 calendar-days.

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