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Health department inspects food service establishments


The Arkansas Department of Health regulates the sale of food at restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels/motels, mobile units, concession stands and other facilities. Inspections are made unannounced by environmental health specialists. The food safety program consists of plan reviews, pre-opening inspections, permits, routine and follow-up inspections of food service establishments, investigation of complaints, and education of food service workers to promote safe food handling practices.

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

• Crenshaw Springs Water Park Concession, 9801 Dollarway Road, White Hall. Date of inspection June 19. OK to operate - permit pending.

• Brookshire Food Store, 5805 Dollarway Road. Date of inspection June 18. Need to check produce cooler, should be 41 degrees (or) below, was reading around 45 degrees F. Light covers need to be cleaned. Trash cans need lids.

• Brookshire Food Store, deli, 5805 Dollarway Road. Date of inspection June 18. Missing lights under vent hood.

• China Garden Buffet, 7203 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of inspection June 17. Sanitizer strength (automatic dishwasher) chlorine - 100 ppm. Critical violation #8 — Handwashing sink blocked. Critical violation #8 — need paper towels or hand drying device at handwashing sink. Critical violation #14 — Inside of ice bin needs cleaned. Critical violation #20 — Some cold holding temperatures out of safe range. Improper thawing methods used. Outer openings should be sealed in order to prevent pests from entering. Observed several insects in kitchen area. Food in coolers and freezers should remain covered to prevent contamination. Food should be at least six inches off the ground. Wiping cloths should be kept in a sanitized solution between uses. Scoops should be food grade and have handles. Need lids on trash cans in kitchen area.

• China Garden Buffet, 7203 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of follow-up inspection June 26. All previous violations corrected except: Observed several insects in kitchen area. Food in coolers and freezers should remain covered to prevent contamination. Food should be at least six inches off the ground. Wiping cloths should be kept in a sanitized solution between uses.

• Huddle House, 7735 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of inspection June 17. Critical violation #14 — No reading detected for sanitizer in automatic dishwasher. Observed several flies throughout establishment. Need lids on trash cans in kitchen area. Floors in kitchen area need cleaned.

• Huddle House, 7735 Sheridan Road, White Hall. Date of follow-up inspection June 26. Sanitizer test - bleach 100 ppm in automatic dishwasher. Previous violations corrected except: Observed flies throughout establishment. Need lids on trash cans in kitchen area. Floors in kitchen area need cleaned. New violation: Hot water in handwashing sink not working.