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:


• CHICKEN HOUSE, 106 N. First St. Wabbaseka. Date of inspection Nov. 15. Observation: Several coolers were out of temperature. (46 degrees) [List food item(s), temperature, and unit] Corrective Action: 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. Wiping (cloths) were laying on counter top. Wiping cloths shall be used as intended and in compliance with Regulations pertaining to Retail Food establishment. Observation: The facilities need a general cleaning. Corrective Action: Clean the physical facilities as often as necessary to keep them clean.


• CHICKEN HOUSE, 106 N. First St. Wabbaseka. Date of follow-up inspection Dec. 5. All violations corrected during time of inspection.


• THE SOUTHERN STANDARD KITCHEN, 1100 W. 46th Ave. Date of opening inspection Dec. 5. The owner, Josh Smith, is ServSafe Certified. Facility has been approved to open and operate.


• KIBB’S BBQ 2, 1400 S. Blake St. Date of inspection Dec. 3. Observed wiping (cloths) laying on the table. Wiping cloths shall be used as intended and in compliance with Regulations pertaining to Retail Food establishment. Observation: Missing floor tile needs to be replaced or repaired. Floor coverings shall be designed, constructed and installed so they are smooth and easily cleanable.


• LEON’S CATFISH, #18 Chapel Village. Date of inspection Dec. 3. Observed corn meal stored on the floor. Food shall be stored at least six inches compliance with established regulations. Observation: Observed trash cans with food residue. Trash cans shall have receptacles and units for refuse and for use with materials containing food residue shall be durable, cleanable. Observation: Vent hood needs to be cleaned. Exhaust ventilation hood systems in food preparation and ware washing area including components such as hoods, fans, guards and ducting shall be designed to prevent grease or condensation from draining or dripping onto food, equipment.


• PINE BLUFF HIBACHI, 4804 Dollarway Road. Date of inspection Dec. 3. Observed food being stored in prep cooler uncovered. Food should be covered while being stored to prevent contamination. Food was covered during inspection. Consumer advisory not noted on menu. Consumer advisory needed for some items served raw on menu. Observed some used wiping cloths being stored on counter tops. Wiping cloths shall be used as intended and in compliance with Regulations pertaining to Retail Food establishment.