The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at establishments which include restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists.


Electronic copies of retail food inspection reports are available on the Arkansas Food Inspection Portal. To access the portal, visit the food protection page on the Arkansas Department of Health website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.


The following are the results of food safety inspections conducted by the Jefferson County Health Unit:


• Dollar Tree Store Pine Bluff, 5923 Dollarway Road, 500 Volvo Parkway. Date of opening inspection Nov. 6. No violations observed during time of inspection.


• Taco Bell, 3501 Camden Road. Date of inspection Nov. 1. Hand-washing area needs to cleaned. Hand-washing sink shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean. Observation: Observed trash cans containing food should have the lid on when not in continuous use.


• Niche’s, mobile, 612 S. Nebraska St. Date of follow-up inspection Oct. 29. All critical violation were corrected during time of inspection.


• The Corner Store, 3800 U.S. 425 South. Date of inspection Oct. 25. Opened chubs of deli meats not date marked. Mark chubs when opened so they can be discarded 7 days after opening. NC Store bagged ice has no address on bags. Put address of where ice is bagged on ice bags. Observation: Saw no sanitizer test strips. Corrective Action: Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Ceiling visibly soiled over pizza oven. Clean this area. Rough textured ceiling over pizza oven. Refinish area as to be smooth, non-absorbant and easily cleanable.


• White Hall Food Express, 8003 Sheridan Road. Date of inspection Oct. 25. Paper towels not noted at hand-washing sink in kitchen or men’s restroom. Provide a supply of individual disposable towels or a continuous towel system that supplies the user with a clean towel or a heated-air drying device at each hand-washing sink in food preparation, toilet and ware-washing areas. Observed ice packaged in establishment with no store information label. Food packaged in Retail Food Establishment shall be labeled as specified in law. Observed dishes sitting on a wiping cloth to dry. After cleaning and sanitizing, equipment and utensils shall be air dried and may not be cloth dried. Floors, especially under and between cooking equipment in kitchen, are unclean and need to be cleaned.


• Wood Shed, 9621 U.S. 270, White Hall. Date of follow-up inspection Oct. 25. No violations reported.


• Lavender’s Barn, 4501 U.S. 65 South. Some temperatures in reach-in cooler are out of safe temperature range. Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Foods shall be kept cold at a temperature of 41.0°F or below, as measured by an internal probe thermometer, to limit bacterial growth. Deep freezer door is broken and needs to be replaced. Hand-washing sink leaking water from nozzle and needs to be repaired. Wall behind cooking equipment is unclean and needs to be cleaned.


• Pizza Hut, 7197 Sheridan Road, Suite 104, White Hall. Date of inspection Oct. 24. Observed boxes of food being stored on the floor in the walk in freezer. Boxes of food should be kept at least 6 inches off of the floor. Boxes of food were moved to shelf during inspection. Observed trash cans containing food residue being stored uncovered while not in continuous use. Trash cans containing food residue should be kept covered when not in continuous use.


• Shell Quick Mart GGHA LLC, 7001 Sheridan Road. Date of inspection Oct. 24. Hand drying device in women’s restroom is not working and paper towels are not provided. Provide a supply of individual disposable towels or a continuous towel system that supplies the user with a clean towel or a heated-air drying device at each hand washing sink in food preparation, toilet and ware washing areas. Paper towels were placed in women’s restroom during inspection. Some hot holding temperatures in hot box are out of safe temperature range. Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Foods shall be kept hot at a temperature of 135.0°F or above, as measured by an internal probe thermometer, to limit bacterial growth. Chicken strips that were out of temperature were discarded during inspection. Floors, especially under cooking equipment, are unclean and need to be cleaned. No current health permit posted. It is unlawful to operate a retail food establishment without a valid permit. Contact the billing office at 501-661-2171 to ensure that you are in compliance with the law.


• The Family Diner, 116 S. Arkansas 365, Redfield. Date of inspection Oct. 24. Observed plates being stored up. Items must be stored/displayed in a way that prevents contamination. The utensils should be stored with the handles up the bowls should be stored inverted. Observation: Establishment needs testing strips to measure the concentration of the sanitizing solution. Corrective Action: Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Observation: Observed a grease build up on wall. The establishment should be cleaned to sight.


• Chicken House, 106 N. First St., Wabbaseka. Date of inspection Oct. 23. Observation: Observed a drink in the food preparation area must have a lid and a straw. (Specific observation here) Corrective Action: Discontinue consuming food, use of unapproved beverage containers, or use of tobacco in food preparation or ware-washing area. Drink was discarded during time of inspection. Observed peas in not labeled. Date marking is required food prepared on site or opened commercial container held for more than 24 hours and the food may be kept up to seven days, then it must be discarded. This was corrected on-site. Ice should be properly labeled with store information where it was package. Food packaged in Retail Food Establishment, shall be labeled as specified in law.