'Hot Eats, Cool Treats' and rat droppings at a Dairy Queen in Brownsville

Dairy Queen in Brownsville

The Dairy Queen on 844 Boca Chica Boulevard in Brownsville has more than just ~Hot Eats, Cool Treats. TM It also has a rat problem.

There were 25 demerits, which turned up during an inspection.

Owner Henry Talbot is inside the restaurant Wednesday afternoon when the Food Patrol comes around to question the violations but he was unable to speak on camera due to a pressing matter.

He did contact Action 4 TMs Ryan Wolf over the phone in the early evening to discuss the problems.

"Those were prompted particularly by a disgruntled former employee, but we will certainly, occasionally have a rodent get in the store or something like that," Talbot said.

DQ's health inspection report confirms a citizen did complain about a rat problem but specific violations backup the anonymous claim.

Rat droppings are discovered along with holes in the walls, according to an inspector.

Other violations include a rotten banana in the cooler, food handlers touching cheese and veggies with bare hands and uncovered cans in the cooler, which is cross contamination concern.

The inspector also indicates how clean utensils are found inside a dirty container with old water.

The owner says the violations are not the norm.

He also explains how the droppings were old and any holes have already been filled.

"We really try hard in so many ways to try and have a good quality food," Talbot said.

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