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Arkansas Health Department alerting restaurant owners about fraudulent inspectors

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The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is alerting restaurant owners statewide about possible fraudulent inspectors. The Department is warning restaurant managers that there have been some people posing as health inspectors who are not with ADH. 

In the past, some restaurants received phone calls from entities claiming to be from the State Health Department and calling to schedule restaurant inspections. In addition, some fraudulent callers were giving restaurant owners a telephone number with a code number and asking the restaurant owners to call that phone number and give the code.

The Arkansas Department of Health is not calling restaurants to schedule inspections or giving them a code to call for inspections. Inspections are made unannounced by ADH environmental health specialists (EHS). Before a restaurant owner/manager allows anyone into their kitchen for an inspection of the food preparation area, they should ask for proper identification. ADH EHS personnel wear badges. If they are unable to verify that the person is an EHS, the restaurant owner/manager should contact the local county health unit.

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