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North Little Rock Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #4460 1/10/13


Department of Health and Human Services logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corporate Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3229 


JAN 10, 2013
North Little Rock Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #4460
Attn: Site Manager
12001 Maumelle Boulevard
North Little Rock, AR 72113
Re: FDA Warning Letter Regarding Tobacco Retailer Inspection Violation
       Reference Number: 12AR001471
Dear Sir or Madam:
This Warning Letter is notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising you that North Little Rock Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #4460 was observed to be in violation of federal tobacco laws and regulations. Failure to correct these violations may lead to federal enforcement actions, including monetary penalties. Your response is requested in 15 working days.
On December 20, 2012, an inspector representing the FDA completed an inspection of the establishment, located at 12001 Maumelle Boulevard, North Little Rock, AR 72113. During this inspection the establishment was in violation because you or your employee sold cigarettes to a minor.
This inspection revealed that the establishment sells, distributes, advertises, and/or promotes cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and/or smokeless tobacco, which requires that the establishment and its owners comply with federal laws and regulations governing such practices. The violation observed during the December 20, 2012, inspection includes the following:

1. A minor was able to buy Camel Crush Regular Fresh cigarettes on December 20, 2012, at approximately 3:43 PM CT in the establishment.

A retailer must NOT sell cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and/or smokeless tobacco to a person younger than 18 years of age. Doing so violates 21 C.F.R. § 1140.14(a).
The listed violation causes your cigarettesto be “misbranded” under 903 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c). 
You should immediately correct the violation listed above. Failure to correct the violation may result in FDA taking regulatory action without further notice. These actions may include, but are not limited to, civil money penalty, no-tobacco-sale order, seizure, and/or injunction.
The violation indicated in this letter may not be a complete list of violations at the establishment. The establishment must comply with all the applicable laws and regulations. For more information on these requirements, helpful resources for retailers, a database of inspections, and free Break the Chain of Tobacco Addiction materials, visit our website at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts.  
You have 15 working days from the date you receive this letter to respond. In your response, explain your plan for correcting the listed violation and preventing future violations. Include a telephone number and address. Note your reference number of 12AR001471 in your response and mail it to:
SP-WL Response
FDA Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corporate Boulevard
c/o Document Control Center
Rockville, Maryland 20850
If you have any questions, contact Carisa Bergen at (301) 796-2990 or via email at Carisa.Bergen@fda.hhs.gov. Have your reference number ready when you call and include it with any email communications.
Ann Simoneau, J.D.
Office of Compliance and Enforcement
Center for Tobacco Products
cc:       Chad Brown
   Sr. Director Corporate Compliance
   ATF/Licensing/Weights & Measures
   508 SW 8th Street
   Bentonville, AR 72716-0505
   James Renfrow
   Sr. Manager Corporate Compliance
   ATF/Licensing/Weights & Measures
   508 SW 8th Street
   Bentonville, AR 72716-0505


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