Food Protection 

Ensuring safe food is an important public health priority for our state.  An estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths are attributed to foodborne illness in the United States each year.  Arkansas is a participant in the FDA Standards which lead to the adoption of the FDA Food Code.  FDA Food Code adoption and implementation in all jurisdictions throughout the nation is important for achieving a uniform national food safety standard and for achieving the efficiency and effectiveness of our nation’s and state’s food safety system.
We regulate the sale of food for human consumption to address controls for risk factors and further establish 5 key public health interventions to protect consumer health.  These interventions are: demonstration of knowledge by the person-in-charge of food preparation in food facilities, employee health controls, controlling hands as a vehicle for contamination, time and temperature parameters for controlling pathogens, and the consumer advisory.

We continue to take progressive steps to strengthen our state’s food safety for food manufacturers, retail stores, institutions, schools, and other retail-level establishments statewide.

Retail Food Establishments

Our 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.  We also recommend enforcement action based on recorded reports. Food service establishments include, but are not limited to, restaurants, bars, daycares, schools, grocery stores, convenience stores, bed and breakfast, hotels/motels, mobile units and concession stands. 

Food Salvage Establishments

Our Program consists of plan review, pre-opening inspections, semi -annual routine inspections, and necessary follow-up inspections under FDA contract.  We evaluate the condition of the product, general sanitation, and the source of the merchandise.  Food Salvagers may have two different inspections: one for the retail portion of the operation and one for the wholesale salvage storage and refurbishing portion of the operation.  The wholesale portion is subject to the FDA contract inspection.

Food Manufacturing Facilities

FDA contracts with us to conduct plan review, pre-opening inspections, annual routine inspections, and necessary follow-up inspections for food manufacturers in the state.   We evaluate the condition of product, the equipment, the manufacturing process, hygienic practices, sanitation, and labeling of product.

Bottled Water

Our Program conducts plan review, pre-opening inspections, annual routine inspections, and necessary follow-up inspections under FDA contract.    We also collect annual water sample for bacterial analysis to ensure safe water standards are met.

Shellfish

Our Program enforces Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Shellfish to ensure that consumers are safe from oysters, mussels, and clams that may transmit health hazards.  This regulation is enforced during routine and complaint inspections of facilities that sell shellfish.

Contact

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OfficeAddressPhoneFax
Environmental Health4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 46
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-661-2171501-661-2572