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:


• AVITAJ LLC, 8006 Dollarway Road, White Hall. Date of inspection May 13. Whole onion and lettuce (44 degrees F), milk (42 degrees F), and sliced cheese (43 degrees F) in the walk 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. Observed chicken being thawed in three compartment sink not under running water. Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Food shall be thawed (A) Under refrigeration that maintains the food temperature at 41°F or less, (B) Completely submerged under running water 70°F or less with enough velocity to float off loose particles down the drain and maintains the food above 41°F, or (C) as part of the cooking process. No test strips noted in establishment. Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Ceiling fan over shelves in the back of the store is unclean and needs to be cleaned. Toilet room door is not self closing. A toilet room located on the premises shall be completely enclosed and provided with a tight fitting and self closing door. Observed trash can containing food residue being stored uncovered while not in continuous use. Trash cans containing food residue not in continuous use should be covered. Some ceiling tiles throughout the establishment are damaged or missing and need to be replaced.


• Big Red Travel Plaza, 8110 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of inspection into complaint May 10 (9:42 a.m.) No violations observed pertaining to complaint during time of inspection.


• Big Red Travel Plaza, 8110 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of inspection into complaint May 10 (9:50 a.m.) Observed men’s restroom door open during time of inspection. Toilet room doors shall be kept closed except during cleaning and maintenance operations.


• Nathan Investment Properties LLC, 1313 E. Harding Ave. Date of inspection May 10. Observed rice stored directly on the floor. Rice shall be stored at least six inches above the floor.


• Rich’s Burgers, 102 N. Walnut St. Date of inspection May 10. Observation: Shelves needs to be cleaned. All non food contact surfaces shall be cleaned at frequency to prevent accumulation.


• Dollar Tree, 2709 E. Harding Ave. Date of inspection into complaint May 9. Observed openings under front doors and between back receiving door. All outer openings of a food establishment should be protected against the entry of insects and rodents. Shelves throughout the store, especially where jelly and chips are located, are unclean and need to be cleaned.


• Hazel Street Food Mart, 2201 W. 17th Ave. Date of inspection May 9. Diced bell peppers and boiled eggs (48 degrees F) and sliced bologna (50 degrees F) in deli 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. Some flooring in kitchen is damaged and needs to be repaired.


• Jenkins Memorial School, 2410 Rike St. Date of inspection May 9. Observed opened commercial container and sliced lemons in refrigerator held for more than 24 hours with no date marking. Opened commercial containers and food prepared on site held for more than 24 hours should be date marked and discarded after 7 days. Opened commercial container and sliced lemons were date marked during inspection. Wall behind oven is unclean and needs to be cleaned.


• Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare, 2500 Rike Drive. Date of inspection May 9. Tomato paste and pickles (48 degrees F), margarine (47 degrees F), and buttermilk (43 degrees F) 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.