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:
• FORREST PARK/GREENVILLE PRE-SCHOOL, 2501 W. 10th Ave. Date of inspection Feb. 28. Observed unused automatic dishwasher in establishment. The premises shall be free of items that are unnecessary to the operation or maintenance of the establishment such as equipment that is nonfunctional or no longer used and litter.
• ECONOLODGE, 210 N. BLAKE ST. Date of inspection Feb. 25. Thermometer not observed in refrigerator holding food that must stay cold. Thermometer is needed in the refrigerator. Observed single use spoons, forks, and knives being stored lip contact surface facing up at self service station. Single use utensils must be handled, displayed, and dispensed so that contamination of food and lip contact surfaces is prevented. No test strips are available in establishment. Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Only two sinks noted in the kitchen area during inspection. A sink with at least 3 compartments should be provided to manually wash, rinse, and sanitize equipment and utensils.
• HOT RODS, 201 S. Main St. Date of inspection Feb. 25. Ice machine deflector shield is visibly soiled and needs to be cleaned. Hot water in women’s restroom is not working. Hot water generation and distribution systems shall be sufficient to meet the peak hot water demands throughout the retail food establishment.
• HOT RODS, 201 S. Main St. Date of follow-up inspection March 5. Violations corrected at time of inspection.
• 34TH AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 801 E. 34th Ave. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Observed some single use containers throughout facility being reused to store food in them. Single use containers should not be reused. Personal fans in kitchen have visible debris on them. Personal fans should be cleaned. Vent on ceiling in front of office in kitchen is visibly unclean and needs to be cleaned.
• BEL AIR ELEMENTARY JUNIOR, P.O. BOX 7678. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Beans (49 degrees F), rice (50 degrees F), salsa (52 degrees F), and butter (51 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. No test strips observed in establishment. Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Observed ice build up on floors, walls, and ceiling in walk in freezer that needs to be removed. Observed unused equipment in establishment that needs to be removed. The premises shall be free of items that are unnecessary to the operation or maintenance of the establishment such as equipment that is nonfunctional or no longer used and litter.
• BROADMOOR ELEMENTARY, WISCONSIN STREET. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Observation: Facility lacks test strips. Corrective Action: Test strips must be available and used to test the strength of chemical sanitizing solutions. Observation: Observed food debris on counter top. Nonfood contact surfaces shall be cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues. Observation: Fan in dish area is unclean and needs to cleaned. Nonfood contact surfaces shall be cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues.
• DOLLAR TREE STORE, 5923 Dollarway Road, 500 Volvo Parkway. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Observed boxes of food stored on the floor in walk in freezer. Food shall m be stored in compliance with established regulations.
• EL SOL MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 3801 Camden Road Suite 9. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Observed food equipment 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. Food equipment was removed during time of inspection. Observed boxes stored on the floor. Food shall be stored at least six inches above the floor to be in compliance mu with established regulations.
• OLIVE MART, 2202 S. Olive St. Date of inspection Feb. 24. Observed crackers and ice bags not labeled. Food packaged in Retail Food Establishment, shall be labeled as specified in law. Observed drinks stored directly on the floor. Food shall be stored six inches above the floor to be in compliance with established regulations.