Las Americas Restaurant, 1336 S Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL - Restaurant inspection findings and violations



Business Info

Name: LAS AMERICAS RESTAURANT
Type: Permanent Food Service
Address: 1336 S Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
License #: 6009897
Total inspections: 21
Last inspection: 08/07/2014

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Inspection findings

Inspection Date

Type

Disposition

  • Basic - Buildup of food debris/soil residue on equipment door handles.
  • Basic - Equipment and utensils not washed, rinsed and sanitized in the correct order in three-compartment sink. Do not use dishes/equipment not properly sanitized.
  • Basic - Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Basic - Silverware/utensils stored upright with the food-contact surface up. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Intermediate - Cutting board(s) stained/soiled.
08/07/2014Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • No Violations Were Observed
2/20/2014Routine - FoodCall Back - Complied
  • Basic - Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable. **Warning**
  • Basic - Equipment and utensils not washed, rinsed and sanitized in the correct order in three-compartment sink. Do not use dishes/equipment not properly sanitized. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Basic - Equipment in poor repair. Reach in cooler - center of kitchen - and hot holding for enpenada - corrective action- use of time- for enpenada until repaired- **Warning**
  • Basic - Label on a food item prepared and packaged onsite for customer self-service does not include product identity/description, date product was packaged and name and address of the establishment that prepared and packaged the food. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic - Nonfood-grade plastic to-go/thank you bags used in direct contact to store food. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - License expired within 30 days after expiration date. **Warning**
  • High Priority - Cheese/milk/creamer/other dairy products cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.Corrective action - back in reach in cooler **Warning**
  • High Priority - Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Enpenada at 110 ° f- corrective action- use of time until hot holding is repaired- **Warning**
  • High Priority - Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.pork and chicken - in reach in cooler in center of kitchen- Manager discarded - **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
12/26/2013Routine - FoodWarning Issued
  • Basic - Packaged food labeled improperly or incompletely and does not comply with Federal Standards of Identity. Pia- bat atlas- self serving reach in cooler- **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
10/1/2013Routine - FoodCall Back - Complied
  • Basic - Clean glasses, cups, bowls, plates, pots and pans not stored inverted or in a protected manner. **Warning**
  • Basic - Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. By water heater **Warning**
  • Basic - Food stored in a prohibited area. Milk by self serve reach in cooler **Warning**
  • Basic - Food stored in holding unit not covered.several food in long term reach in cooler **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Basic - Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris. **Warning**
  • Basic - No conspicuously located ambient air temperature thermometer in holding unit. **Warning**
  • Basic - No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees- server line- cook line and restrooms - **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Basic - Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food. **Warning**
  • Basic - Packaged food labeled improperly or incompletely and does not comply with Federal Standards of Identity. Pia- bat atlas- self serving reach in cooler- **Warning**
  • Basic - Plumbing system in disrepair.hand washing sink by cook line **Warning**
  • Basic - Reach-in cooler gasket torn/in disrepair. **Warning**
  • Basic - Screening is not 16-mesh to the inch. By vent above 3 compartment sink **Warning**
  • Basic - Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. Oil **Warning**
  • High Priority - Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours.beef stew -- catfish stew- chicken - soup- cooling since previous day at 55 ° f- see stop sale **Warning**
  • High Priority - Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Live flies in kitchen. **Warning**
  • High Priority - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.eggs at room temp- establishment not busy- corrective action back in reach in cooler **Warning**
  • High Priority - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Mashed plantain 125° f- corrective action - reheat for hot holding- **Warning**
  • High Priority - Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.cooling process- **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Commercially processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food opened and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening. Lunch meat in long term reach in cooler **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Cutting board(s) stained/soiled. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Employee has not received adequate training related to their assigned duties as evidenced by the inability to answer basic food safety questions. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - No chlorine chemical test kit provided when using chlorine sanitizer at three-compartment sink/warewashing machine. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - No metal stem-type thermometer provided to measure temperature of food products. For cold temperature **Warning**
  • Intermediate - No soap provided at handwash sink. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Paper towel dispenser at handwash sink not working/unable to dispense paper towels. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Raw/undercooked animal food offered and establishment has no written consumer advisory. Raw animal foods must be fully cooked prior to service. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. Several food in long term reach in cooler **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Intermediate - Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
8/1/2013Routine - FoodWarning Issued
  • Basic - Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. ON SHELVES DRY STORAGE AREA
  • Basic - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food thawed at room temperature.
  • Basic - Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • Intermediate - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked.
5/29/2013Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Basic - Food stored on floor. Side of reach cooler
  • Basic - Lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Light bulb out in kitchen hood filters
  • Intermediate - Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Towels
  • Intermediate - No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. Kitchen HWS
  • Intermediate - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked.
2/28/2013Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • No copy of latest inspection report.
  • Critical - Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. REACH IN COOLER
  • Observed build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. HWS
  • Critical - Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. WHITES BUCKET
  • Critical - Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense ready-to-eat food. ICESCOOP ON ICE
  • Critical - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. Repeat Violation.
8/2/2012Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical - Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils.COFFEE CUP WITHOUT LID ON PREP TABLE Corrected On Site.
  • Observed personal care item stored with food. PERSONAL MEDICINE STORED WITH DRY STORAGE ITEMS
  • Observed utensils stored in crevices between equipment. KNIVE
  • Critical - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. SEVERAL ITEMS IN REACH IN COOLER NOT DATE LABELED
4/24/2012Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical - Cold water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions.
  • Critical - Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. Corrected On Site.
  • Observed clean utensils/equipment stored in dirty drawers, racks, vestibules or toilet rooms, or between equipment/walls. PLASTIC UNTENSILS UNCLEAN CADDY WITH HAIR IN THEM
  • Critical - Observed employee switch from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands. COOK THERESA RAW SHELL EGGS THEN CHANGE TASK WITHOUT WASHING HANDS
  • Observed equipment in poor repair. CAN OPENER BROKEN
  • Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor. BEHIND EQUIPMENT DESSERT COOLER
  • Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor. KITCHEN FLOOR
  • Critical - Observed food stored on floor. Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Observed interior of microwave soiled.
  • Critical - Observed live flies in kitchen.
  • Observed personal care item stored with food. HAIR DYE
  • Observed ripped/worn tin foil used as shelf cover.SHELVE ON STEAM TABLE FRONT COUNTER
  • Observed single-service articles improperly stored. ALL PLASTIC UNTENSILS IN FRONT COUNTER NOT INVERTED WITH HANDELS FACING THE SAME DIRECTION TO AVOID CONTAMINATION
  • Critical - Outer openings not protected and vermin and/or environmental cross-contamination present. SCREEN DOOR HOLE IN KNOB
  • Plumbing system improperly repaired.
  • Wet mop not hung to dry.
  • Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
10/31/2011Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Cleaned and sanitized equipment, utensils, linens or single-service not properly stored.
  • Critical - Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. BOWL INSIDE HWS Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Observed interior of microwave soiled. FRONT COUNTER MICROWAVE
  • Critical - Observed screen in door torn/in poor repair.
  • Critical - Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. SEVERAL ITEMS IN REACH IN COOLER
  • Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrected On Site.
7/6/2011Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical - Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions. KITCHEN HWS Corrected On Site.
  • Critical - Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. COFFEE IN PREP TABLE
  • Observed garbage on the ground and/or pad around dumpster.
  • Critical - Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. SEVERAL ITEMS IN HWS
  • Observed ice scoop with handle in contact with ice. ICE BIN
  • Critical - Observed potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature. PORK IN THREE COMPARTMENT SINK
  • Observed single-service articles improperly stored. PLASTIC UNTENSILS FRONT COUNTER NOT INVERTED PROPERLY
  • Critical - Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. OPEN CAN IN FRONT REACH IN COOLER
  • Wet mop not hung to dry.
2/24/2011Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature. TURKEYS IN TUBS
  • Critical. Observed food stored on floor. BOX OF PLANTAINS AND BAGS OF ICE Corrected On Site.
  • Critical. Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. SEVERAL ITEMS IN RIC
  • Critical. Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. BOTTLE OF WATER IN COOLER
  • Critical. Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times.
11/24/2010Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening.SEVERAL ITEMS IN RIC NOT LABELED
  • Critical. Observed torn packages/bags of food exposing the contents to contamination. RICE BAG Corrected On Site.
  • Critical. Observed food stored on floor. BOX OF PLANTAINS
  • Observed ice scoop with handle in contact with ice. FRONT COUNTER ICE BIN
  • Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable.
  • Critical. Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets. TWO DOOR RIC KITCHEN
  • Critical. Observed screen in door torn/in poor repair.
  • Critical. Observed extension cord in use for non-temporary period. For reporting purposes only. WHITE EXTENSION CORD
5/11/2010Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
  • Critical. Violation: 22-17-1 Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets. TWO DOOR RIC
2/17/2010Routine - FoodCall Back - Complied
  • Critical. Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. COFFEE CUP NO LID Corrected On Site.
  • Critical. Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets. TWO DOOR RIC
  • Critical. Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. HOTEL PAN Corrected On Site.
  • Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions. Corrected On Site.
  • Wet mop not hung to dry. NEXT TO BATHROOM
  • Critical. Establishment operating without a current Hotel and Restaurant license. LICENSE EXPIRED ON 12/01/2009 This violation must be corrected by : 2/15/2009.
12/15/2009Routine - FoodWarning Issued
  • Critical. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. ALL RIC COOLERS
  • Observed sponge used as a wiping cloth on a food-contact surface. GREEN & YELLOW SPONGE
  • Critical. Observed interior of microwave soiled.
  • Observed open dumpster lid.
  • Critical. Outer openings not protected and vermin and/or environmental cross-contamination present. SCREEN DOOR BRONKEN
7/17/2009Routine - FoodInspection Completed - No Further Action
No report available. 3/28/2009Routine - FoodEmergency Order Callback Complied
No report available. 3/27/2009Routine - FoodEmergency order recommended
No report available. 1/21/2009Routine - FoodCall Back - Complied
No report available. 10/29/2008Routine - FoodWarning Issued

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