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Health inspectors work to keep food safe

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Sharon Brown said she ordered takeout from a Shreveport restaurant and found three lady bugs in her meal.

"I was like, 'Oh my God!'" she said. "Then I thought, ladybugs mean good luck. Maybe I'm going to come into something."

The restaurant denied to both Brown and KTBS, the ladybugs came from their kitchen.

Brown also said she tried several times to reach someone with the Caddo Health Unit to file a report, but no one answered the phone.

But an inspection earlier this week found no traces of bugs.

"All of our inspections are not announced," said Bob Norred, the Chief Sanitarian of the Office of Public Health Office of Public Health Sanitarian Services. "So hopefully we see things as they are on a day to day basis. It is just a snap shot in time."

Norred said his office must inspect more than 1,500 permitted restaurants in Caddo Parish alone. Right now Caddo has two sanitarians with another one set to start work next week.

"You can see we're overwhelmed there," said Norred. "But the sanitarian from DeSoto Parish, the sanitarian from Red River Parish and one of the sanitarians from Bossier Parish come here once a week to try and help out ."

Norred said he believes most local restaurants are safe but it's up to each diner to decide.

"They should just be aware of what makes them feel comfortable when they are in an establishment," he said. "If they see something or think there's something out of order, then there's processes they can go through to get it inspected."

The process to file a complaint has to be done either in person at the Caddo Parish Environmental Health Service building at 1033 Creswell Street or online. Click here to file a complaint.

Click here if you would like to search a restaurant's past inspections. 

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