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:


• Cita Bee’s Learning Academy, 4000 Old Warren Road. Date of follow-up inspection Oct. 18. All critical violations corrected during time of inspection.


• Love’s Travel Shop/Chester’s, 4800 U.S. 65 S. Date of inspection Oct. 8. Chicken (98 degrees F), chicken tender (110 degrees F), and chicken (121 degrees F) 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.


• Love’s Travel Shop/Chester’s, 4800 U.S. 65 S. Date of follow-up inspection Oct. 15. Previous violation corrected.


• Redwood Inn, 8006 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of inspection Oct. 15. No test strips observed in establishment. Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Two compartment sink noted in kitchen area. Need a three compartment sink for manual ware washing.


• Matthews Elementary School, 4501 Dollarway Road. Date of inspection Oct. 9. Observed sugar out of original container. Food packaged in Retail Food Establishment, shall be labeled as specified in law. Observed cereal stored on the floor. Food must be stored in compliance with established regulations. Cereal was removed from floor during time of inspection.


• Super 8 Motel, 1 Hospitality Lane, White Hall. Date of inspection Oct. 9. Observed pancake mix dispenser being stored in the hand washing sink. A hand washing sink shall be maintained so that it is accessible at all times for employee use and do not use for purposes other than hand washing. Pancake mix dispenser was removed from hand washing sink during inspection. Observed dishes being dried on towels in kitchen. After cleaning and sanitizing, equipment and utensils shall be air dried and may not be cloth dried.


• The Paper Plate, 2112 Mount Vernon. Date of opening inspection Oct. 9. Keep soap at hand sink at all times when you open establishment next week. Must have a sign or poster that notifies food workers to wash their hands at all hand-washing sinks used by food workers and shall be clearly visible to food workers. Post provided sign. Keep paper towels at hand sink at all times when you open establishment next week. Keep thermometers in food coolers and keep food below 41 degrees when in cold storage. Observation: No sanitizer test strips. Corrective Action: Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Sherry Haywood, owner, is to contact inspector when she opens for a “Routine Assessment.”