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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  CAVA MEZZE GRILL
Address  1921 8TH ST NW
City/State/Zip Code  WASHINGTON, DC 20001
Telephone
 (202) 864-4321
 E-mail address  shaw@cava.com
Date of Inspection
 01
/
 16
/
 2019
    Time In
 12
:
 20
PM     Time Out
 02
:
 08
PM  
License Holder  Cava Mezze Grill, LLC
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-17000065
License Period
 12 
/
 01 
/
 2018 
 - 
 11 
/
 30 
/
 2020 
 Type of Inspection
 Routine
Establishment Type:  Restaurant Total
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  2 COS  1 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  3 COS  1 R  0
Core Violations  3 COS  0 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
 NERI QUINTANILLA RIVERA 
CFPM #:  FS-83339 

CFPM Expiration Date:   04/02/2020  
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Tenleytown Trash 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Valley Proteins, Inc. 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 Ecolab 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 Nelbud 
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  CAVA MEZZE GRILL    Establishment Address  1921 8TH ST NW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
2. - The Certified Food Protection Manager Identification Card issued by the Department is not posted next to the establishment's basic business license. (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  200.4 Documentation that each person in charge is a certified food protection manager with knowledge of food safety shall be conspicuously posted in the food establishment next to the food establishment license. Such documentation shall be removed when the individual is no longer employed on-site by the establishment.  
8. - An employee that is wearing a short sleeved shirt was observed washing his hands but not the exposed portion of his arms. (correct Violation Within 5 Calendar Days)  401.1 Except as specified in Section 401.4, food employees shall clean their hands and exposed portions of their arms, including surrogate prosthetic devices for hands or arms, for at least twenty (20) seconds, using a cleaning compound in a handwashing sink that is equipped as specified in Section 2402 and Sections 3000 through 3005. P  
10. - There is no hot water (at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit) at the handwashing sink in the toilet room. (Correct Violation Within 5 Calendar Days)  2402.1 A handwashing sink shall be equipped to provide water at a temperature of at least thirty-eight degrees Celsius (38 degrees C) (one hundred degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees F)) through a mixing valve or combination faucet. Pf  
10. - There are no paper towels at the handwashing sinks. (Corrected On Site)  3002.1 Each handwashing sink or group of adjacent sinks shall be provided with: (a) Individual, disposable towels.  
15. - Raw chicken is stored above raw ground lamb in the walk-in refrigerator. (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.  
37. - There are unlabeled plastic squeeze bottles of sauces on the service line. (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.  
40. - There are three (3) employees with beards that are handling food and not wearing beard nets. (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  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.  
62. - The establishment's business license expired on 11/30/18. Contact the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs regarding the license's status. Please fax a copy of the renewed license to our office at 202-535-1359. (Correct Violation Within 5 Calendar Days)  4300.2 No person shall operate a food establishment with an expired license. Pf  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Hot water 106.7F Hot water 121.1F Hot water 83.8F Chicken (Cooking) 167.3F
Chicken (Cooking) 133.0F Hot water 106.4F Rice (Hot Holding) 133.9F Hot water 106.7F
Lamb (Hot Holding) 177.6F Yogurt sauce (Cold Holding) 42.6F Romaine lettuce (Cold Holding) 41.2F Spinach (Cold Holding) 40.4F
  30.0F Rice (Holding) 140.1F Falafel (Cooking) 160.2F Hot water 104.3F
Lamb (Cold Holding) 44.6F Beef (Cold Holding) 41.4F Braised beef (Hot Holding) 144.8F Chicken (Hot Holding) 152.3F
Braised beef (Warmer) (Hot Holding) 87.4F Chicken (Warmer) (Hot Holding) 134.8F (Walk-in Refrigerator) 33.0F Lamb (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 45.2F
Diced tomatoes (Walk-in Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.6F            
Inspector Comments:
Most recent ventilation hood system cleaning date: 1/2018

Most recent pest control service date: 1/8/2019

Correct cited violations within 5 AND/OR 14 calendar days.

Please submit all questions/inquiries to the Area Supervisor at food.safety@dc.gov for an 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.
  Neri Quintanilla Rivera 01/16/2019
 Person-in-Charge (Signature) (Print) Date
    Ivory Gene Cooper 056  01/16/2019 
  Inspector (Signature) (Print) Badge # Date
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