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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106
700 E Merritt Island Cswy
Suite 2
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321)454-2303

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3 Disciplinary Activity Orders Since January 2007

NoticeThe Division of Hotels and Restaurants conducts regular inspections of public food service establishments to assure compliance with state sanitation and safety laws.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106 either allowed conditions to exist that pose an immediate threat to the public's health and safety or repeatedly did not correct non-critical violations noted during routine and call-back inspections, despite being given oral and written warnings and ample time to do so.

Each of the listed cases involves either a signed stipulation (“settlement”) between the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106 or a Final Order issued after a formal administrative hearing has been conducted. Section 509.261, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Division of Hotels and Restaurants to fine, suspend or revoke the license of establishments that do not comply with state health and safety laws.


Case Number: 4--2010054920 - On December 03, 2010 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106, Merritt Island was ordered to pay $650 for violations observed during its October 20, 2010 inspection.

Case Number: 4--2012041786 - On October 30, 2012 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106, Merritt Island was ordered to pay $800 for violations observed during its August 29, 2012 inspection.

Case Number: 4--2012050245 - On March 19, 2013 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106, Merritt Island was ordered to pay $800 for violations observed during its October 17, 2012 inspection.

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3 Food Service Inspections Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5485757
Inspection Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Inspection Number: 2471977
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Administrative complaint recommended - Existence of critical violations found in an initial inspection require administrative action to ensure compliance.
Total Number of Violations: 6
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-43-4 Basic.Dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers.
13-04-4 Basic.Employee with no beard guard/restraint while engaging in food preparation.
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. Smoothie line cooler ambient temperature 50°. Repairman called.
21-12-4 Basic.Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut washed kale 48° in prep cooler. ** **Admin Complaint** **. Repeat Violation**
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. 2 blue liquids. **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5387507
Inspection Date: Thursday, August 07, 2014
Inspection Number: 2425592
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: 6
Number of High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous (non-time/temperature control for safety) food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. **Corrected On-Site** **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
51-18-4 Basic.No copy of latest inspection report available. **Warning**
36-27-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated food debris. **Warning**
12A-06-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
12A-19-4 High Priority.Employee washed hands with cold water. **Warning**
53B-09-4 Intermediate.Required employee training provided by a third-party employee training program and operator unable to provide original certificate for employees trained. **Warning**

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5329306
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Inspection Number: 2425592
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: 17
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 5
Number of Basic Violations: 9
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-74-4 Basic.Build-up of soil/debris on the floor along the walls, baseboards, cabinets and/or equipment. **Warning**
51-11-4 Basic.Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
35A-03-4 Basic.Dead roaches on premises. 1 in office, 1 in kitchen by hand sink, operator swept up. **Warning**
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous (non-time/temperature control for safety) food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. **Corrected On-Site** **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
51-18-4 Basic.No copy of latest inspection report available. **Warning**
23-14-4 Basic.Shelf under preparation table soiled with food debris. **Warning**
25-06-4 Basic.Single-service articles not stored inverted or protected from contamination. Forks and knives. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
25-09-4 Basic.Single-service items for customer self-service not properly protected to prevent contamination. **Warning**
36-27-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated food debris. **Warning**
12A-06-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
12A-19-4 High Priority.Employee washed hands with cold water. **Warning**
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Kale 45° **Warning**
22-24-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles. **Warning**
13-06-4 Intermediate.Employee with artificial nails/nail polish working with exposed food without wearing intact gloves. **Warning**
22-22-4 Intermediate.Encrusted material on can opener blade. **Warning**
53B-10-4 Intermediate.Records/documents for required employee training do not contain all of the required information. **Warning**
53B-09-4 Intermediate.Required employee training provided by a third-party employee training program and operator unable to provide original certificate for employees trained. **Warning**

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5210799
Inspection Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Inspection Number: 2378765
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 High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 5
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
51-11-4 Basic.Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. Under 3 bay sink.
50-09-4 Basic.Current Hotel and Restaurant license not displayed.
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous (non-time/temperature control for safety) food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. Whey
12B-13-4 Basic.Opened employee beverage container in a cold holding unit with food to be served to customers. Smoothie in tall RI freezer.
21-12-4 Basic.Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
12A-06-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food.
29-45-4 High Priority.Hose attached to mop sink eliminating required air gap.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5024789
Inspection Date: Monday, December 09, 2013
Inspection Number: 2332213
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: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 3
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-21-4 Basic.Bathroom door not self-closing. Womans room
36-36-4 Basic.Ceiling tile missing. Womans room
33-32-4 Basic.There is trash on the west side of the property
22-20-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5024788
Inspection Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
Inspection Number: 2332212
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 High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 5
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
13-07-4 Basic.Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Green nail polishon prep person
40-01-4 Basic.No suitable facilities provided to store employee clothing and other possessions. Employee drinks in cooler
11-03-4 Intermediate.Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements. No verifiable employee illness policy
53B-17-4 Intermediate.Employee training does not include food allergen awareness information.
53A-09-4 Intermediate.Establishment has no procedures for employees to follow in response to a vomiting or diarrheal event where the vomit or diarrhea is discharged onto surfaces in the establishment.
53A-01-4 Intermediate.Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. Operator
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. Chemical with blue lid

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5 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 5024788
Inspection Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
Inspection Number: 2332212
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 High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 5
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
13-07-4 Basic.Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Green nail polishon prep person
40-01-4 Basic.No suitable facilities provided to store employee clothing and other possessions. Employee drinks in cooler
11-03-4 Intermediate.Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements. No verifiable employee illness policy
53B-17-4 Intermediate.Employee training does not include food allergen awareness information.
53A-09-4 Intermediate.Establishment has no procedures for employees to follow in response to a vomiting or diarrheal event where the vomit or diarrhea is discharged onto surfaces in the establishment.
53A-01-4 Intermediate.Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. Operator
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. Chemical with blue lid

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE FL-106
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 5586055
Inspection Visit ID: 4909625
Inspection Date: Monday, May 20, 2013
Inspection Number: 2268454
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Food-Licensing Inspection
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 High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 1
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
35B-01-4 Basic.Exterior door has a gap at the threshold that opens to the outside.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4684147
Inspection Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Inspection Number: 2203236
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Administrative complaint recommended - Existence of critical violations found in an initial inspection require administrative action to ensure compliance.
Total Number of Violations: 24
Number of High Priority Violations: 4
Number of Intermediate Violations: 9
Number of Basic Violations: 11
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-02-4 High Priority.Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Food items in prep box were left in prp box overnight except lettuce , tomatos and chicken which were prepped today
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Mozzarella 50f, cheddar jack 52f, ham 49f. All time control for safety food food was in box from overnight. Cheddar shred 52, turkey 61f , provolone 50 f,on top of box. . Bottom of the box turkey 50f, ham 49f. All overnight in boxthe prep box. The prep box has deli items in it/ tics foods. **Admin Complaint** **Corrected On-Site**
03A-07-4 High Priority.Deli meats cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All deli meats discarded by cooks **Admin Complaint**
03A-14-4 High Priority.Cheese/milk/creamer/other dairy products cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Corrected on site. Discarded by the cooks **Admin Complaint** **Corrected On-Site** **. Repeat Violation**
04-01-4 Intermediate.Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food at proper temperatures. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is capable of maintaining foods at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Prep box on line with with deli items in it **Admin Complaint** **. Repeat Violation**
05-05-4 Intermediate.Ambient air thermometer in holding unit not accurate within plus or minus 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Not working, cannot get a digital reading
13-03-4 Basic.Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. Door on cooler used for napkin storage fell off.
14-45-4 Basic.Cardboard used to store bagels. Old cranberry box has bagels in it
21-12-4 Basic.Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Wet wiping cloth on cuttingnoard
22-05-4 Intermediate.Cutting board(s) stained/soiled. By panini press **Admin Complaint** **. Repeat Violation**
22-21-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance inside the ice bin. Bulk ice bin **Admin Complaint** **. Repeat Violation**
22-28-4 Intermediate.Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Vents inside fruit cooler
22-30-4 Intermediate.Interior of refrigerator soiled with accumulation of food residue. 3 door cooler has food debris on bottom
23-05-4 Basic.Soil residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface. Ceiling fans in dining room are dusty
23-06-4 Basic.Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Under cookie machine
31B-03-4 Intermediate.No soap provided at handwash sink. Corrected on site
36-15-4 Basic.Food debris accumulated on kitchen floor. Under equiptment
36-27-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated food debris. Wall behind handsink has food splash all over
38-07-4 Basic.Lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Kitcen
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. Blue cleaner
45-05-4 Portable fire extinguisher missing from its designated location. For reporting purposes only.
51-11-4 Basic.Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. **Corrected On-Site**
51-18-4 Basic.No copy of latest inspection report available.
53B-13-4 Intermediate.Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPRs contracted provider: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4821706
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Inspection Number: 2203237
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: 2
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-37-1 Violation: 14-37-1Observed all cutting boards heavily grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable. Time extended until next routine inspection
14-51-1 Violation: 14-51-1Observed nonfood-grade containers used for food storage. /sugar/strawberry's time extended until next routine inspection

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4684148
Inspection Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Inspection Number: 2203237
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: 13
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 10
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
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). Automatic administration action. Repeat Violation. Within 4 months
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. /deli meats cheese eggs undetermined amount of time stop sale -automatic administration action repeat within 4 months. Repeat Violation.
04-01-1 Critical.- Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. /sandwich line reach in cooler
05-09-1 Critical.- No conspicuously located thermometer in holding unit. /reach in cooler. Repeat Violation.
08A-28-1 Critical.- Observed food stored on floor/sugar/box chips
14-37-1 Observed all cutting boards heavily grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable.
14-51-1 Observed nonfood-grade containers used for food storage. /sugar/strawberry's
18-04-1 Observed old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
22-20-1 Critical.- Observed heavy buildup of slime on the lip interior of ice machine.
22-22-1 Critical.- Observed heavily encrusted material on can opener.
27-16-1 Critical.- employee hand washing sink / water only at 80 degrees f Corrected On Site.
53A-01-2 Critical.- Manager lacking proof of Food Manager Certification. Repeat Violation.
53B-08-1 Critical.- No proof of required employee training provided. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR?#ontracted provider: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. Repeat Violation.

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4 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4626458
Inspection Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Inspection Number: 2166561
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Extension given, pending
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4626437
Inspection Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Inspection Number: 2166561
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: 12
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 8
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
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). Phfs in sandwich make cooler ranging from 48 to 52 degrees fahrenheit
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous foods cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Deli meats and cheese ranging from 48 to 52 degrees fahrenheit in sandwich make cooler This violation must be corrected by : 6/29/12.
05-09-1 Critical.- No easily visible located thermometer in sandwich make cooler.
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on shelving under prep table
32-04-1 Critical.- no self closing door at employee bathroom
32-17-1 Critical.- soap and paper towels lacking at handwashing lavatory in employee bathroom
36-13-1 Observed heavy debris accumulated under equipment / shelving
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor.
41A-08-1 Critical.- Observed hair spray stored by food containers.
42-08-1 Observed unclean mop sink area. Floor covered by clutter
53A-09-1 Critical.- No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation.
53B-08-1 Critical.- No proof of required employee training provided. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR?#ontracted provider: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. This violation must be corrected by : 8/29/12.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4345012
Inspection Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Inspection Number: 2096064
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 Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being cooled by nonapproved method. Observed repackaged precooked chicken ambient cooling in deep covered plastic containers in upright freezer. Corrected On Site. Placed single layer on tray in unit.
18-04-1 Observed old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
22-22-1 Critical. Observed encrusted material on can opener. Corrected On Site.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces encrusted with food soil deposits sandwich cooler cutting board. Corrected On Site.
32-16-1 Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions in employee restroom.
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory in employee restroom.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4345013
Inspection Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Inspection Number: 2096065
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: 4
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
22-22-1 Critical. Observed build up material on can opener base. Repeat Violation. Corrected On Site.
22-28-1 Critical. Observed bottom interior of three door reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue.
32-15-1 Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees in men's restroom.
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory by triple sink.

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5 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4254315
Inspection Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Inspection Number: 2048616
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: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-37-1 Observed cutting board scoured/pitted and no longer cleanable with black stains hanging above triple sink.
22-22-1 Critical. Observed encrusted material on can opener and base. Corrected On Site.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces,white board encrusted with food soil deposits at wrap table. Corrected On Site.
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris, in bottom of three door freezer. Repeat Violation.
25-04-1 Observed single-service items stored on floor.
26-02-1 Observed reuse of single-service articles. Observed styrofoam containers being stored in sliced lunch meats,etc. After being used to measure and weigh food. Corrected On Site.
28-02-1 Critical. Condensation or other drainage not disposed of according to law. Observed waste condensate dripping on to cans of tuna and being caught in open container inside three door refrigerator. OPERATOR INSTRUCTED TO RELOCATE ALL FOODS FROM MIDDLE SECTION OF UNIT ,SO WASTE WATER DOES NOT DRIP/SPLASH ONTO FOOD. NOTE:REPAIRMAN HAS BEEN CALLED AGAIN TO CORRECT PROBLEM. UNIT HOLDING PROPER TEMPERATURE.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor below tables/line coolers.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3974281
Inspection Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Inspection Number: 1970197
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 Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
13-02-1 Observed womaen employees with ineffective hair restraint. Loose hair hanging on to brow/face preparing various foods.
13-03-1 Observed male employee with no hair restraint.
21-10-1 Clean wiping cloth not properly stored. Corrected On Site. Stored in sanitizier solution.
22-28-1 Critical. Observed interior bottom of three reach-in coolersoiled with accumulation of food residue.
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris,in bottom of three door freezer and reach-in cooler not inuse.
32-04-1 Critical. Bathroom not enclosed with tight-fitting, self-closing doors. Self closing mechanisms in disrepair on public restroom doors.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4171803
Inspection Date: Friday, January 14, 2011
Inspection Number: 1970198
Visit Number: 3
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Admin. Complaint Callback Complied - Return visit resulting from an administrative complaint found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 4100458
Inspection Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Inspection Number: 1970198
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Admin. complaint recommended
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-17-1 Critical. Violation: 32-17-1Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory by triple sink and no soap or hand drying provisions provided at hand sink in employee's restroom hand sink. CB INSPECTION NOT COMPLIED,NO PAPER TOWELS PROVIDED AT HAND SINK BY TRIPLE SINK OR IN MEN'S RESTROOM FOR HAND WASH SINK.
38-07-1 Violation: 38-07-1Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers on ceiling light fixture above fruit make line cooler. CB INSPECTION NOT COMPLIED.
53A-01-2 Critical. Violation: 53A-01-2Manager lacking proof of Food Manager Certification. CB INSPECTION NOT COMPLIED,NO PROOF OF ANY CERTIFIED MANAGER FOR ESSABLISHMENT ].

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3974282
Inspection Date: Friday, August 20, 2010
Inspection Number: 1970198
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: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
02-07-1 Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening for soups stored in 3 door refrigerator.
12A-09-1 Critical. Observed food employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Corrected On Site.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrected On Site.
22-22-1 Critical. Observed encrusted material on can opener and holding base to table.
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory by triple sink and no soap or hand drying provisions provided at hand sink in employee's restroom hand sink.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers on ceiling light fixture above fruit makke line cooler.
51-18-1 No copy of latest inspection report.
53A-01-2 Critical. Manager lacking proof of Food Manager Certification.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3638241
Inspection Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Inspection Number: 1859293
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: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08A-28-1 Critical. Observed food [bulkmsugar] stored on floor. Corrected On Site.
17-07-1 Critical. No chemical test kit provided when using chlorine chemical sanitizer at three-compartment sink.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces,cutting boards encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits. Repeat Violation. Corrected On Site.
32-10-1 Critical. Covered waste receptacle not provided in women's bathroom.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor below/behind equipment and floor drain below triple sink.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers above fruit station. Repeat Violation. Corrected On Site.
50-06-1 Critical. License expired within 30 days after expiration date. Note:renew online at www. Myfloridalicense. Com/dbpr/hr Corrected On Site. Operator renewed at time of inspection.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3638242
Inspection Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Inspection Number: 1859294
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: 9
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken salad and humus found cold holding 54 degrees Farenheit in bottom of salad line cooler. Corrected On Site. Operator set unit from high setting to lowest setting.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding,salad line cooler equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Corrected On Site.
05-09-1 Critical. No conspicuously located thermometer in salad line cold holding unit.
14-53-1 Can opener blade not kept sharp - observed metal shavings.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrected On Site. Repeat Violation.
22-09-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces not cleaned after being contaminationed. Three small white cutting boards noted with food stains hanging from clean equipment storage shelves.
32-04-1 Critical. Bathroom not enclosed with tight-fitting, self-closing doors. Observed self closure needing adjustment so door self closes to employee restroom in kitchen.
32-16-1 Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions in employee restroom and end of steam table.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers on ceiling above fruit work line cooler. Repeat Violation.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3257512
Inspection Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Inspection Number: 1718895
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: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-27-1 Water treatment device has not been inspected or serviced according to manufacturer's instructions. Observed no date on inline water filter for ice machine.
20A-08-1 Critical. Quaternary ammonium sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual warewashing. Corrected On Site.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrected On Site.
22-11-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces in contact with potentially hazardous food not cleaned at least every four hours. Observed interior of microwave ovens with soil buildup. Corrected On Site.
32-17-1 Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory by triple sink.
38-07-1 One Light fixture missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers in kitchen.
51-18-1 No copy of latest inspection report.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3257513
Inspection Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Inspection Number: 1718896
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 Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed lunch meats in top section oif sandwich cooler cold holding 45-47 degrees F and tuna fish salad at 45 degrees F in bottom of same unit. Corrected On Site. Therostat set to lowest setting. Operator recently had coils cleaned and refrigeration repairman check all refrigerators.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses. Corrected On Site.
22-11-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces in contact with potentially hazardous food not cleaned at least every four hours. Observed food stains on cutting board at salad cooler and large cutting boards air drying on shelves.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 3079513
Inspection Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Inspection Number: 1554856
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: 1
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
38-07-1 Violation: 38-07-1Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers on light in kitchen near back door above single service articles. Repeat Violation. CB INSPECTION TIME EXTENSION UNTIL NEXT UNANNOUNCED INSPECTION FOR ONE FLOURESCENT LIGHT BULB MISSING SHIELD IN OPEN UNCOVERED LIGHT FIXTURE IN KITCHEN; OTHER THREE BULBS ARE ENCASED IN TUBE SHIELD WITH END CAPS [ok].

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 2878524
Inspection Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Inspection Number: 1554856
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: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed sliced meats and pkgd. Rice at 47 degrees F in top section above cold line in double lexan pans in sandwich cooler. Potentially hazardous foods not coming in contact with cold circulating air.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Observed double panning of foods and storing above cold line in sandwich cooler. Foods noted 47 degrees F. Corrected On Site.
21-03-1 Observed detergent and sanitizer mixed together improperly and used for wiping cloths.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers on light in kitchen near back door above single service articles. Repeat Violation.
41A-04-1 Critical. Observed toxic item on premise that is not required for the operation of establishment. Observed "RAID" insecticide stored with cleaners and no approved for restaurant use.
53A-08-1 Critical. No list of certified food service managers available at the establishment.
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. Provide training certificates and submiit scan sheets to training company for registery. This violation must be corrected by : 5/27/08.

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
License ID: 3044940
Inspection Visit ID: 2878525
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 18, 2007
Inspection Number: 1554857
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: 9
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 7
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
02-07-1 Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening for bulk bags of cheese.
02-22-1 Critical. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked for cooked soups in three door reachin cooler.
09-04-1 Critical. Observed bare hand contact of ready-to-eat food by employees and establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure in effect. Corrected On Site.
12A-18-1 Critical. Observed employee dry hands on clothes after washing. Corrected On Site.
12A-22-1 Critical. Observed food employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and the establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Corrected On Site.
17-07-1 Critical. No chemical test kit provided when using chemical sanitizer at three-compartment sink/warewashing machine.
51-18-1 No copy of latest inspection report.
53B-08-1 Critical. No proof of required employee training provided for all employees. 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.
56-01-1 Copy of Florida Statute 509 not available in the establishment. Contact HEP at 800 704 1076.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
Inspection Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Inspection Number: 1497367
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 Critical/Risk Violations: 4
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
1 risk violation of code 08 which requires:
  • “08a - Food protection during storage, preparation, display, service, transportation.”
  • “08b - Cross-contamination, equipment, personnel, storage.”
  • “08c - Potential for cross-contamination, storage practices; damaged food segregated.”
1 risk violation of code 12 which requires:
  • “12a - Hands washed and clean, good hygienic practices (observed), alternative operating plan.”
  • “12b - Proper hygienic practices, eating/drinking/smoking (evidence.)”
1 violation of code 22 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces clean and sanitized.”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
1 violation of code 38 which requires:
  • “Lighting provided as required. Fixtures shielded”
1 critical violation of code 47 which requires:
  • “Electrical wiring - adequate, good repair (For Reporting Purposes Only)”

Inspection For: TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE
License Number: 1505817
Inspection Date: Thursday, December 14, 2006
Inspection Number: 1497369
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: 9
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 6
Details
1 violation of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 violation of code 24 which requires:
  • “Storage/handling of clean equipment, utensils”
1 risk violation of code 32 which requires:
  • “Restrooms with self-closing doors, fixtures operate properly, facility clean, supplied with hand soap, disposable towels or hand drying devices, tissue, covered waste receptacles.”
1 violation of code 34 which requires:
  • “Outside storage area clean, enclosure properly constructed”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
1 violation of code 40 which requires:
  • “Employee lockers provided and used, clean”
1 violation of code 51 which requires:
  • “Other conditions sanitary and safe operation”
2 risk violations of code 53 which requires:
  • “53a - Food management certification valid.”
  • “53b - Employee training verification.”

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106 in Merritt Island 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 Merritt Island's Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106.

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 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Fl-106 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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