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Pursuant to Title 25-A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
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Health Regulation & Licensing Administration    Office of Food, Drug, Radiation, and Community Hygiene    2201 Shannon Place, SE - 2nd Floor    Washington, DC 20020
http://doh.dc.gov/service/food-safety      email: food.safety@dc.gov
Establishment Name  LAPIS
Address  1847 COLUMBIA RD NW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20009
Telephone
 (202) 299-9630
 E-mail address  info@lapisdc.com
Date of Inspection
 08
/
 31
/
 2022
    Time In
 01
:
 50
PM     Time Out
 04
:
 50
PM  
License Holder  The Popal Group LLC
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-66007700
License Period
 06 
/
 01 
/
 2022 
 - 
 06 
/
 30 
/
 2024 
 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  7 COS  0 R  0
Core Violations  9 COS  0 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
  
CFPM #:   

CFPM Expiration Date:       /    /          
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Building 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Valley Protein 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 Presto ( recent visit on 08/31/2022) 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Grease Busters 
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  LAPIS    Establishment Address  1847 COLUMBIA RD 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.  203.1 Each person in charge shall be certified by a food protection manager certification program that is accredited by the Conference for Food Protection Standards for Accreditation of Food Protection Manager Certification Programs. Such certified food protection managers shall be deemed in compliance with Section 201.2(b). 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 conditional employee and food employee interview, reporting agreement, and medical referral forms.  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.  
10. - There are no paper towels at the handwashing sink at the bar and toilet room.  3002.1 Each handwashing sink or group of adjacent sinks shall be provided with: (a) Individual, disposable towels; Pf (b) A continuous towel system that supplies the user with a clean towel; Pf (c) A heated-air hand drying device that is provided in addition to other hand-drying devices at sinks used for food preparation or warewashing areas; Pf or (d) A hand drying device that employs an air-knife system that delivers high velocity, pressurized air at ambient temperatures. Pf  
22. - Cold food items (milk) are held at improper temperatures inside low boy refrigerator.  1005.1 Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as the public health control as specified in Section 1009, potentially hazardous food (time/ temperature control for safety food) shall be maintained: (b) At five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)) or less. P  
23. - Temperature control for safety foods intended to be held for more than 24 hours are not date marked.  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 packaging food using a reduced oxygen method without having obtained a variance. CEASE & DESIST - You are hereby ordered to Cease & Desist packaging food using a reduced oxygen method EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. Please contact the main office to speak with an Area Supervisor at (202)535-2180 or email Haccp.plans@dc.gov for further direction  1010.1 A food establishment shall obtain a variance from the Department as specified in Sections 4102, 4103, and 4104 before: (a) Smoking food as a method of food preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement; Pf (b) Curing food; Pf (c) Using food additives or adding components such as vinegar as a method of food preservation rather than as a method of flavor enhancement or to render a food so that it is not potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety food); Pf (d) Packaging food using a reduced oxygen method except where the growth of and toxin formation by Clostridium botulinum and the growth of Listeria monocytogenes are controlled as specified in Section 1011; Pf (e) Operating a molluscan shellfish life-support system display tank used to store or display shellfish that are offered for human consumption; Pf (f) Custom processing animals that are for personal use as food and not for sale or service in a food establishment; (g) Preparing food by another method that the Department determines requires a variance; Pf or (h) Sprouting seeds or beans. Pf  
32. - Variance and HACCP plan approved and issued for vegetables, beef, pancetta. Chicken observed being reduced oxygen packaged. It is approved on their Variance letter. Submit all HACCP plan information including chicken procedures to haccp.plans@dc.gov.  4103.2 A request for a variance shall contain the following information, which shall be retained in the Department's file on the food establishment: (a) The specified provision(s) of this Code from which the variance is requested; (b) The reasons why the requirements of the provision(s) cannot be met; (c) Alternative measures that will be taken to ensure a comparable degree of protection to public health, safety, and the environment if a variance is granted; (d) Whether a HACCP Plan, as specified in Section 4202 is involved that includes information specified under Section 4205 that is relevant to the variance request; (e) The length of time for which the variance is requested; and (f) A statement that the party applying for the variance will agree to comply with the terms of any variance, if one is granted.  
33. - The chicken stew was observed at cooling process and completely wrapped with foil paper .  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.  
33. - The low boy refrigerator was measured 50 F at bare area.  1600.1 Equipment for cooling and heating food, and holding cold and hot food, shall be sufficient in number and capacity to provide food temperatures as specified in chapters 6 through 13. Pf  
36. - No thermometer provided to check food temperatures.  1606.1 Food temperature measuring devices shall be provided and readily accessible for use in ensuring attainment and maintenance of food temperatures as specified in chapters 6 through 13. Pf  
37. - Working containers of foods that are not easily recognizable are not name labeled.  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. - Flies were observed under handwashing sink at the bar area.  3210.1 The premises shall be maintained free of insects, rodents, and other pests. The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled to minimize their presence on the premises by: Pf (a) Routinely inspecting incoming shipments of food and supplies; Pf (b) Routinely inspecting the premises for evidence of pests; Pf (c) Using methods, if pests are found, such as trapping devices or other means of pest control as specified in Sections 3402, 3410 and 3411; Pf and (d) Eliminating harborage conditions. Pf  
40. - Food employee observed not wearing a hair restraint while working with open food.  502.1 Food employees shall wear clean and effective hair restraints, such as hairnets or beard nets, if appropriate, and clothing that covers body hair that are designed and worn to effectively keep hair from contacting exposed food, clean equipment and utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles. Hats, caps, scarves or other head covers are acceptable if the hair is contained to prevent contamination. Hair spray and tying back the hair in a ponytail are not effective hair restraints.  
44. - Clean utensils were observed exposed from contamination.  2203.2 Clean equipment and utensils shall be stored as specified in Section 2203.1 and shall be stored: (a) In a self-draining position that allows air drying; and (b) Covered or inverted.  
47. - Equipment soda gun was not in good repair.  1800.1 Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified in chapters 14 and 15.  
47. - The Cutting Boards was observed deep scratched and uncleaned or discolored.  1801.1 Surfaces such as cutting blocks and boards that are subject to scratching and scoring shall be resurfaced if they can no longer be effectively cleaned and sanitized, or discarded if they are not capable of being resurfaced.  
51. - Slowing or stopped waste water drainage was observed in the hand wash sinks at back service area next to bar.  2400.1 A plumbing system and hoses conveying water shall be constructed and repaired with approved materials 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).  
56. - Grease and smoke particulate matter is accumulating on the ventilation hood filters.  1509.4 Hoods, grease-removal devices, fans, ducts and other appurtenances shall be cleaned at intervals necessary to prevent the accumulation of grease.  
62. - The business license was expired at the time of inspection.  4300.2 No person shall operate a food establishment with an expired license. Pf  
 
Sanitizer: Chlorine, 75 ppm, 0.0 pH, 121.0°F 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Vegetable Products (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Pumpkin cooked (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Lamb (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F
(Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Onion (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 37.0F Pumkin (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F (Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 37.0F
(Sandwich Prep Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Ribs (Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Eggplant (Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Salad (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 41.0F
(Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Dumplings (Deep Fryer) (Cooking) 182.0F Rice steamed (Rice Steamer) (Hot Holding) 178.0F Milk (Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 55.0F
(Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 50.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink (kitchen)) 105.0F Hot Water (Handwashing sink (toilet room)) 110.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Bar) 113.0F
Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Dishwash area) 111.0F Hot Water (Final Rinse Cycle - Warewashing Machine) 121.0F (Freezer) (Cold Holding) 10.0F    
Inspector Comments:
SUMMARY SUSPENSION for Expired Restaurant Business Licensee in order for license to be restored, a non-compliance restoration fee of $100 (for re-inspection during normal business hours) or $400 (for re-inspection during non-business hours) must be paid before an inspection can be scheduled and all violations must be corrected and approved by DC Health) Please see the details in the Restoration Procedures document provided by the inspector. The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays). Please note: Violations of the D.C. Department of Health’s Food Code may incur administrative and/or civil fines and penalties.
DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for establishment inspection reports. We perform a pass-fail inspection. The amount of Priority, Priority Foundation, and Core violations are tallied at the top of each inspection report. DC Health also performs follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view an establishment's inspection report, follow this link: https://dc.healthinspections.us.
  Gabriel Popal 08/31/2022
 Person-in-Charge (Signature) (Print) Date
    Mengestayhu Akelat/Abdul Al Monsur 607  08/31/2022 
  Inspector (Signature) (Print) Badge # Date
    2023