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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  CUBA LIBRE
Address  801 9TH ST NW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20001
Telephone
 (202) 408-1600
 E-mail address  AROQUE@CUBALIBRERESTAURANT.COM
Date of Inspection
 01
/
 23
/
 2017
    Time In
 11
:
 46
AM     Time Out
 01
:
 35
PM  
License Holder  Cuba Libre DC LLC
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-70107654
License Period
 09 
/
 01 
/
 2016 
 - 
 08 
/
 03 
/
 2018 
 Type of Inspection
 Routine
Establishment Type:  Restaurant Total
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  5 COS  1 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  4 COS  0 R  0
Core Violations  4 COS  0 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
  
CFPM #:   

CFPM Expiration Date:       /    /          
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 WASTE MANAGEMENT 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 RTI 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 PERMATREAT PEST CONTROL 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 HADPRO CLEANING SERVICES 
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  CUBA LIBRE    Establishment Address  801 9TH ST NW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
8. - Food Handlers are not frequently washing hands between tasks or when returning to work. No food handlers observed washing hands throughout the inspection. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  402.1 Food employees shall clean their hands and exposed portions of their arms as specified in Section 401 immediately before working in direct contact with food, clean equipment and utensils, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles, P and: (a) After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean, exposed portions of arms; P (b) After using the toilet room; P (c) After caring for or handling aquatic animals as specified in Section 503.2; P (d) After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating, or drinking; P (e) After handling soiled surfaces, equipment, or utensils; P (f) During food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks; P (g) After each absence from the work station; P (h) Immediately before touching ready-to-eat food or food-contact surfaces; P (i) When switching between working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat food; P (j) Before donning gloves for working with food; P and (k) After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands. PFood employees shall clean their hands and exposed portions of their arms as specified in Section 401 immediately before working in direct contact with food, clean equipment and utensils, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles, P and: (a) After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean, exposed portions of arms; P (b) After using the toilet room; P (c) After caring for or handling aquatic animals as specified in Section 503.2; P (d) After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating, or drinking; P (e) After handling soiled surfaces, equipment, or utensils; P (f) During food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks; P (g) After each absence from the work station; P (h) Immediately before touching ready-to-eat food or food-contact surfaces; P (i) When switching between working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat food; P (j) Before donning gloves for working with food; P and (k) After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands. P  
9. - Observed the chef and several cooks touching RTE ready to be serve, foods removed and discarded, 3days follow though given to monitor food safety compliance. Food handlers must not touch ready to eat food items with bare hands. (Corrected On Site)  800.2 Except when washing fruits and vegetables as specified in Section 806 or as specified in Section 800.4 food employees shall not contact exposed, ready to eat food with their bare hands and shall use suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves or dispensing equipment. PExcept when washing fruits and vegetables as specified in Section 806 or as specified in Section 800.4 food employees shall not contact exposed, ready to eat food with their bare hands and shall use suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves or dispensing equipment. P  
14. - The shell-stack tags for mussels and clams are not maintained for 90 days in chronological order. Mussels/Oysters/Clams in the walk-in do not bare Shell-stock tags. Shell stock tags are not affixed to several bags in walk in cooler, all shell stock are discarded due to no tags located (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  717.1 Except as specified in Section 717.4, shellstock tags or labels shall remain attached to the container in which the shellstock are received until the container is empty. PfExcept as specified in Section 717.4, shellstock tags or labels shall remain attached to the container in which the shellstock are received until the container is empty. PfExcept as specified in Section 717.4, shellstock tags or labels shall remain attached to the container in which the shellstock are received until the container is empty. Pf  
15. - Protecting food from cross contamination (HIERARCHY) Multiple uncovered containers of PHF items found in the reach-in coolers/PHF items that are removed from their sealed containers are not separated and stored in the same bin and stored above RTE foods inside the walk in cooler. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 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. PFood 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  
16. - Unclean food contact surfaces: Unclean rusty can opener/Unclean spray nozzle hoses at the bar/Unclean meat slicer/Unclean prep table with ready to eat food. Mold is accumulating on the interior of the ice maker. Mold is accumulating on the ice maker's plastic drip panel. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  1900.1 Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. PfEquipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Pf  
20. - The Cooling requirements are not met due to no temp logs kept to monitor hours and food temps according to ambient temps of 4hrs. (2hrs - 70) and (4hrs – 41). (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  1003.1 Cooked potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be cooled: (a) Within two (2) hours, from fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F) to twenty-one degrees Celsius (21 degrees C) (seventy degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees F)); P and (b) Within six (6) hours, from fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F) to five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)) or less. PCooked potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be cooled: (a) Within two (2) hours, from fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F) to twenty-one degrees Celsius (21 degrees C) (seventy degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees F)); P and (b) Within six (6) hours, from fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F) to five degrees Celsius (5 degrees C) (forty-one degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees F)) or less. P  
22. - Cold food items are held at improper temperatures in the open cooler display and inside reach-in coolers. The cold holding unit is not well maintained to keep cold food at 41 degrees F and below. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  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. PExcept 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  
37. - Multiple working containers of foods, oils, herbs, spices and other items that are left on kitchen’s counter. There are numerous unlabeled plastic squeeze bottles of unknown liquids and unlabeled plastic food bins in the kitchen and storage room. (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.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.  
41. - Wet wiping cloths and linens in use are found at different locations in the kitchen and not stored in a sanitized solution. (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.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.  
46. - Food handlers/employees are not frequently changing gloves between tasks while preparing orders and serving food or returning to work. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  813.2 Except as specified in Section 813.3, slash-resistant gloves that are used to protect the hands during operations requiring cutting shall be used in direct contact only with food that is subsequently cooked as specified in chapter 9 such as frozen food or a primal cut of meat.Except as specified in Section 813.3, slash-resistant gloves that are used to protect the hands during operations requiring cutting shall be used in direct contact only with food that is subsequently cooked as specified in chapter 9 such as frozen food or a primal cut of meat.  
48. - No adequate concentration of sanitized solution (quaternary ammonium is being used)within the glassware units at the bar and at the three compartment sink in the kitchen. No Detergent sanitizer available at the time of the inspection, glasses/utensils are being washed without adequate concentration. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS).  1806.1 When used for warewashing, the wash compartment of a sink, mechanical warewasher, or wash receptacle of alternative manual warewashing equipment as specified in Section 1601.3 shall contain a wash solution of soap, detergent, acid cleaner, alkaline cleaner, degreaser, abrasive cleaner, or other cleaning agent according to the cleaning agent manufacturer's label instructions. PfWhen used for warewashing, the wash compartment of a sink, mechanical warewasher, or wash receptacle of alternative manual warewashing equipment as specified in Section 1601.3 shall contain a wash solution of soap, detergent, acid cleaner, alkaline cleaner, degreaser, abrasive cleaner, or other cleaning agent according to the cleaning agent manufacturer's label instructions. Pf  
48. - The Ware-washing machine in the kitchen does not have an easily readable data plate with operating specifications instructions. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  1525.1 A warewashing machine shall be provided with an easily accessible and readable data plate affixed to the machine by the manufacturer that indicates the machine's design and operating specifications including the: (a) Temperatures required for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing; (b) Pressure required for the fresh water sanitizing rinse unless the machine is designed to use only a pumped sanitizing rinse; and (c) Conveyor speed for conveyor machines or cycle time for stationary rack machines.  
50. - There is no hot water (110 degrees Fahrenheit or above) at some hand-washing sinks in the kitchen and in the restrooms. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 24HRS)  2305.2 Hot water generation and distribution systems shall be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demands throughout the food establishment. PfHot water generation and distribution systems shall be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demands throughout the food establishment. PfHot water generation and distribution systems shall be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demands throughout the food establishment. Pf  
52. - There is no air gap at the 3-compartment sink main pipes leading to the floor drain. The units drain pipes are recessed into the floor drains. The garbage disposal unit (food waste grinder) is directly connected to the bottom of the 3-compartment sink's drain. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 3 CALENDAR DAYS)  2602.1 Except as specified in Sections 2602.2 through 2602.4, a direct connection shall not exist between the sewage system and a drain originating from equipment in which food, portable equipment, or utensils are placed. PExcept as specified in Sections 2602.2 through 2602.4, a direct connection shall not exist between the sewage system and a drain originating from equipment in which food, portable equipment, or utensils are placed. P  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Sauce (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 49.0F Beets (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 45.0F Beef Patties (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Mushrooms (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 45.0F
Tomatoes chopped (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 49.0F American Cheese (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 44.0F Eggplant (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Beans (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 41.0F
Seafood (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Ham (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 45.0F Turkey (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 41.0F Tomatoes sliced (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 44.0F
Salami (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 43.0F Eggs (Refrigerator - open display) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Salmon (Refrigerator - walk-in) (Cold Holding) 39.0F Beef Patties (Refrigerator - walk-in) (Cold Holding) 41.0F
(Refrigerator - walk-in) 38.0F (Refrigerator - walk-in) 40.0F Mussels (Refrigerator - walk-in) (Cold Holding) 37.0F Clams (Refrigerator - walk-in) (Cold Holding) 40.0F
Shrimp cooked (Refrigerator - walk-in) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Service Line) 89.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink) 100.0F Hamburger cooked (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 161.0F
Soup (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 166.0F Hamburger cooked (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 161.0F Chicken (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 155.0F Hot Water (3-compartment sink) 114.0F
(Refrigerator - reach-in) 40.0F (Refrigerator - reach-in) 39.0F Beef (Refrigerator - reach-in) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Chicken (Refrigerator - reach-in) (Cold Holding) 45.0F
Chorizo Sausage (Refrigerator - reach-in) (Cold Holding) 44.0F Chicken (Refrigerator - reach-in) (Cold Holding) 43.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - kitchen) 101.0F    
Inspector Comments:
CFPM ANGEL R ROQUE GOMEZ FS- 72929 EXP. 11/17/2017
Correct violations with 3days (priority and priority foundation) and 14days (core)
If any question, Please feel free to contact the area supervisor at food.safey@dc.gov
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.
  ANGEL ROQUE GOMEZ 01/23/2017
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    ROSS J. GATERETSE 624  01/23/2017 
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