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El Ambia Cubano

El Ambia Cubano
950 E Melbourne Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321)216-7221

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No (0) Emergency Closure Orders Since October 2008
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2 Food Service Inspections Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 5366998
Inspection Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Inspection Number: 2437067
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
33-23-4 Basic.Grease receptacle not on proper pad/nonabsorbent surface.
38-12-4 Basic.Light shield for lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing end caps. Prep room
02C-02-4 Intermediate.Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. Cooked chicken quarters. **. Repeat Violation**

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 5310494
Inspection Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Inspection Number: 2412747
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 6
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 4
Number of Basic Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
24-10-4 Basic.Clean knives/utensils stored in crevices between equipment. **Corrected On-Site**
36-30-4 Basic.Wall not smooth, nonabsorbent and easily warewashing areas. Pitted
22-05-4 Intermediate.Cutting board(s) moderately stained/soiled. Sandwich make cooler
31A-09-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Back prep area **Corrected On-Site**
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Pitcher of tea in hand sink **Corrected On-Site**
02C-02-4 Intermediate.Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. Chicken quarters cooked Friday **Corrected On-Site**

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 5002547
Inspection Date: Monday, February 03, 2014
Inspection Number: 2316478
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 0
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03B-05-4 High Priority.Cooked rice/pasta hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. / 129 degrees finite rice recommended rapid reheat/ reheated to 172 degrees f **Corrected On-Site**
08A-05-4 High Priority.Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. / raw beef over cooked beef tall reach in prep area
41-12-4 High Priority.Vitamins stored on shelf above glasses with wine/ tea bags **Corrected On-Site**
02C-02-4 Intermediate.Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. / condensed milk **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 5002546
Inspection Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
Inspection Number: 2316477
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-38-4 Basic.Food stored on floor. / bulk containers
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. / by employee hand washing sink in back prep area
12A-07-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site**

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 5002546
Inspection Date: Friday, August 16, 2013
Inspection Number: 2316477
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-38-4 Basic.Food stored on floor. / bulk containers
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. / by employee hand washing sink in back prep area
12A-07-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to work with food. **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4707333
Inspection Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Inspection Number: 2220473
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 5
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. A couple of TTC ham, cheese products in cooks line reach in cooler above the chill line recommended rapid chill
08B-13-4 Basic.Stored food not covered in refrigerator **Corrected On-Site**
14-20-4 Basic.Ripped/worn tin foil used as food-contact shelf cover. / by 3 compartment sink
16-08-4 Intermediate.Sink compartments of three-compartment sink too small to accommodate large pots explained how they can be done properly to properly clean and sanitize pots
22-30-4 Intermediate.Interior of refrigerator soiled with accumulation of food residue. / juices from flan

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4371994
Inspection Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Inspection Number: 2116212
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 1
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
51-11-1 Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4440450
Inspection Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011
Inspection Number: 2116213
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4371995
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Inspection Number: 2116213
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 8
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse (see Stop Sale Notice). Repeat Violation.
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All phf'S in cook line RIC above 50F. Repeat Violation.
03B-03-1 Critical. Cooked pork and beef not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Recommend to reheat to 165F.
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being cooled by nonapproved method. COOKED PORK,Beans,beef stored covered and deep containers.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Cook line RIC ambient temperature 60F due to containers missing leaving open gaps in unit. Repeat Violation.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. TRUE RIC AMBIENT TEMPERATURE 52F. Repeat Violation.
12A-16-1 Critical. Observed employee engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands. Before appling gloves. Repeat Violation.
53B-08-1 Critical. No proof of required employee training provided. All public food service establishments must provide the division with proof of employee training upon request, including, but not limited to, at the time of any division inspection of the establishment. New employees This violation must be corrected by : 10/10/2011.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4001897
Inspection Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Inspection Number: 1989488
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse (see Stop Sale Notice).
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked yellow rice left out over night at 91F.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Mini RIC ambient temperature is 54F. THIS UNIT IS NOT TO BE USED TILL MAINTAING 41F OR BELOW. NO WARNING ISUSED due another RIC maintaing
05-09-1 Critical. No conspicuously located thermometer in holding unit. Mini RIC
12A-10-1 Critical. Observed food employee touch bare body part then engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands. Corrected On Site. Washed hands
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
31-09-1 Critical. Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Chemicals in hand sink. Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4056983
Inspection Date: Monday, October 25, 2010
Inspection Number: 2025851
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 12
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 6
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03C-09-1 Critical. Reheated black beans for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours. Reheating for over 1 hour found at 64F in steam table cooked shredded beef 127 reheating since 9:15 am in steam table
05-06-1 Critical. Food thermometer not accurate within +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit. 2 out of 4 thermometers off -2 degress Corrected On Site.
06-04-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature. Plantains Corrected On Site.
12A-16-1 Critical. Observed employee engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands. When appling gloves.
12A-17-1 Critical. Observed employee improperly washing hands. Corrected On Site.
14-35-1 Observed ripped/worn tin foil used as shelf cover. Under slicer
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
22-23-1 Critical. Observed encrusted, soiled material on slicer. Left over night
33-10-1 Observed inside/outside of dumpster not clean.
33-16-1 Observed open dumpster lids. Corrected On Site.
42-11-1 Observed unnecessary items on the premise. Outside behind wooden fence there is a prep table and sheet pans with rolling cart
51-18-1 No copy of latest inspection report. Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3920194
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Inspection Number: 1878403
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

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5 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 4001898
Inspection Date: Monday, June 28, 2010
Inspection Number: 1989489
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 5
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
02 Critical. Original container: properly labeled, date marking
03a Critical. Cold food at proper temperatures during storage, display, service, transport, and cold holding
10 In use food dispensing utensils properly stored
14 Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located
37 Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3665512
Inspection Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010
Inspection Number: 1878403
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03B-03-1 Critical. Potentially hazardous food not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Cooked yellow rice 117F.
12A-17-1 Critical. Observed employee improperly washing hands.
12A-18-1 Critical. Observed employee dry hands on clothes/apron after washing.
12B-03-1 Critical. Observed employee drinking from an open beverage container in a food preparation or other restricted area. Corrected On Site.
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable. Recommend to resurface
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
53A-09-1 Critical. No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation. This violation must be corrected by : 08/11/2010.
53B-08-1 Critical. No proof of required employee training provided. All public food service establishments must provide the division with proof of employee training upon request, including, but not limited to, at the time of any division inspection of the establishment. Pro This violation must be corrected by : 08/11/2010.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3665513
Inspection Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Inspection Number: 1878404
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
12B-07-1 Critical. Observed an open beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. Corrected On Site.
14-50-1 Observed a nonfood-grade basting brush used in food. Metal banded brush
21-11-1 Wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength. Over 200 ppm. Corrected On Site.
41B-01-1 Critical. Observed sanitizing solution exceeding the maximum concentration allowed. Over 200 ppm. Corrected On Site.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3579113
Inspection Date: Monday, August 03, 2009
Inspection Number: 1826725
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3743757
Inspection Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Inspection Number: 1915427
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Complaint Full
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 1
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 1
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
53B-08-1 Critical. No proof of required employee training provided. All public food service establishments must provide the division with proof of employee training upon request, including, but not limited to, at the time of any division inspection of the establishment. Already on a warning call back due 08/03/09

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3579112
Inspection Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Inspection Number: 1826725
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 5
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03B-03-1 Critical. Potentially hazardous food not held at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. White rice 120F. Corrected On Site. Recommend reheating to 165F.
24-07-1 Cleaned and sanitized equipment, utensils, linens or single-service not properly stored. Corrected On Site.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Hot holding unit.
47-06-2 Critical. Observed extension cord in use for non-temporary period. For reporting purposes only. Hot press and crock pots
51-09-1 Establishment did not report seating change that affects the license fee, Clean Indoor Air Act, fire safety, bathroom requirements or other related requirements. Licensed for 10 has 27 This violation must be corrected by : 08/03/09.

Inspection For: EL AMBIA CUBANO
License Number: 1506116
License ID: 4005050
Inspection Visit ID: 3545815
Inspection Date: Friday, April 10, 2009
Inspection Number: 1818584
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day El Ambia Cubano in Melbourne Florida may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent restaurant inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at Melbourne's El Ambia Cubano.

A summary of violations found during inspections are listed in the Food Service Inspection boxes above. Cited are violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

Effective January 1, 2013, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants adopted a new three-tiered violation classification system that replaces the "critical" or "non-critical" classification in use up until then. The new system uses the terms "High Priority," "Intermediate" and "Basic" which better define violation information for consumers, making it easier to understand.

In general, High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury. Although the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) uses the term "High Priority", varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action. In addition, while El Ambia Cubano may have multiple violations, the inspectors' training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure public health and safety.

Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.

Formally, Critical violations were those that, if not corrected, were more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage. Noncritical violations did not directly relate to foodborne illness risk, but were preventive measures that included practices and procedures which effectively controled environmental conditions. Left uncorrected, noncritical violations could undermine the overall food safety program of an establishment and lead to the development of critical violations.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

Violations listed refer to the revelant section of Florida regulation that has been observed to be deficient during the inspection. Each establishment must comply with the language of the inspection statement. For purposes of enforcement and compliance, the DBPR recognizes the status as printed on the inspection form, although the severity of the violation observed may warrant additional action regardless of its "High Priority/Intermediate/Basic" or "critical/noncritical" designation.


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