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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  USDA SOUTH CAFETERIA
Address  1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20024
Telephone
 (202) 756-7141
 E-mail address  meaghan.mcdonnell@usda.gov
Date of Inspection
 12
/
 11
/
 2018
    Time In
 11
:
 30
AM     Time Out
 03
:
 00
PM  
License Holder  JAC-USDA Inc (South Cafe)
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-13000128
License Period
 01 
/
 01 
/
 2017 
 - 
 12 
/
 31 
/
 2018 
 Type of Inspection
 HACCP Verification
Establishment Type:  Restaurant Total
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  4 COS  0 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  1 COS  1 R  0
Core Violations  4 COS  0 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
 DARRELL HUGHES 
CFPM #:  FS-73474 

CFPM Expiration Date:   01/13/2020  
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Building 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Valley Protiens 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 Building/Innovative Pest Management 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Building 
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  USDA SOUTH CAFETERIA    Establishment Address  1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
10. - There are no paper towels at the hand washing sink (food court area). (PIC placed a supply of paper towels at the hand washing sink during the inspection.) (Corrected On Site)  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  
14. - No recent parasite destruction letter provided for fish used in the sushi that is prepared at the facility (The letter provided is from June of 2017). (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.  
21. - Hot food item(s) are held at improper temperatures (center hot bar).(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 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: (a) At fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F)) or above, except that roasts cooked to a temperature and for a time specified in Section 900.2 or reheated as specified in Section 906.5 may be held at a temperature of fifty-four degrees Celsius (54 degrees C )(one hundred thirty degrees Fahrenheit ((130 degrees F)) or above. P  
22. - Cold food items are held at improper temperatures (grill station and pizza station).(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 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. P  
29. - The establishment is not using proper methods of measuring the pH of sushi rice during the inspection (rice is not blended with the distill water prior to using the pH meter to measure the pH). (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  
39. - No effective sneeze guard provided for salad bar toppings held at room temperature (i.e. bacon bits, etc.)(CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 5 CALENDAR DAYS)  820.1 Except for nuts in the shell and whole, raw fruits and vegetables that are intended for hulling, peeling, or washing by the consumer before consumption, food on display shall be protected from contamination by the use of: packaging; counter, service line, or salad bar food guards; display cases; or other effective means. P  
43. - Knives at the sushi counter observed stored in container of still/stagnant water between use. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  810.1 During pauses in food preparation or dispensing, food preparation and dispensing utensils shall be stored: (a) Except as specified in Section 810.1(b), in the food with their handles above the top of the food and the container; (b) In food that is not potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety food) with their handles above the top of the food within containers or equipment that can be closed, such as bins of sugar, flour, or cinnamon; (c) On a clean portion of the food preparation table or cooking equipment only if the in-use utensil and the food contact surface of the food preparation table or cooking equipment are cleaned and sanitized at a frequency specified in Sections 1901 and 2001; (d) In running water of sufficient velocity to flush particulates to the drain, if used with moist food such as ice cream or mashed potatoes; (e) In a clean, protected location if the utensils, such as ice scoops, are used only with a food that is not potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety food); or (f) In a container of water if the water is maintained at a temperature of at least fifty-seven degrees Celsius (57 degrees C) (one hundred thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit (135 degrees F)) and the container is cleaned at a frequency specified in Section 1901.3.  
47. - Cutting board(s) at the deli service counter observed heavily worn with stains and grooves throughout. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  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.  
47. - Under-counter refrigerator located at the coffee bar is out of order. (CORRECT VIOLATION WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS)  1800.1 Equipment shall be maintained in a state of repair and condition that meets the requirements specified in chapters 14 and 15.  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
(Reach-in Refrigerator) 36.0F Hamburger Patty (Raw) (Reach-in Refrigerator) (Cooling) 50.0F Ham (Cold Bar) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Macaroni and Tuna Salad (Cold Bar) (Cold Holding) 40.0F
Cottage Cheese (Cold Bar) (Cold Holding) 38.0F Fruit Salad (Cold Bar) (Cold Holding) 36.0F Lentils (Hot Bar) (Hot Holding) 153.0F Green Beans (Hot Bar) (Hot Holding) 130.0F
Turkey (Hot Bar) (Hot Holding) 122.0F Fried Rice (Hot Bar) (Hot Holding) 115.0F (Walk-in Refrigerator) 38.0F Chicken (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F
Chicken (Raw) (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F Chicken (Raw) (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 36.0F (Reach-in Freezer) 10.0F Roast Beef (Cold Holding) 40.0F
Deli Display Ref. 38.0F Ware Washing Machine (Rinse Cycle) 195.0F Onion Raw (Grill Area Prep. Ref.) (Cold Holding) 48.0F Hamburger Patty (Hot Holding) 194.0F
Refrigerated Drawer 35.0F Brown Rice (Hot Holding) 137.0F Open Display Ref. 38.0F Hot Water Hand Sink 102.0F
Hot Water Hand Sink 101.0F Chicken Wings (Hot Holding) 153.0F Guacamole (Cooling) 48.0F Sushi Display Ref. 38.0F
Salmon (Raw) (Cold Holding) 32.0F Tofu (Hot Holding) 190.0F Spicy Cucumbers (Cold Holding) 36.0F    
Inspector Comments:
Correct items cited within 5 and 14 calendar days as listed within the observations section of this report.

Please submit all questions/inquiries to the Area Supervisor at food.safety@dc.gov for efficient response.
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.
  Darrell Hughes 12/11/2018
 Person-in-Charge (Signature) (Print) Date
    Denise T. Lucas 603  12/11/2018 
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