Food 4 Thought - Demerits at Church's blamed on cook's 'bad day'

A manager at La Feria TMs Church TMs Chicken said it was unacceptable behavior on the part of his cook that led to high demerits on a health inspection report.

The restaurant on 716 North Main Street scored 22 demerits.

The list of violations on the inspection included off-temperature corn and gravy, hot foods not properly covered, a cross-contamination concern with raw chicken in the wrong place and dirty equipment.

The Food Patrol questioned management as to whether any measures were taken to improve health safety.

Rick Rivera said the cook in question has been retrained and received disciplinary action.

He wants the public to know the restaurant is clean and safe.

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Weekly Low Performer List : (total # of demerits)

La FeriaChurch TMs 716 N Main (22) *Cross Contamination, Dirty Equipment*

McAllenLa Mexicana #3 N 2nd St (courtesy re-inspection) *Roaches, Dirty Equipment, Ticket Pending*

Weekly Top Performer List : (zero demerits)

PharrDickey TMs BBQ 1201 JacksonTaco Fiesta 1325 S CageStars 204 W Dicker

AlamoDairy Queen 933 W Hwy 83Subway 1449 DurantaWhataburger 513 N Alamo Rd

PenitasDon Chilo TMs Exp 83

MissionTaqueria Don Felipe La Homa Rd

HarlingenAmerica TMs 502 W TylerNoriega TMs 1501 S H StPizza Hut 1224 S CommerceSeafarer 2120 S 77Long John Silvers 1202 S CommerceTwins 116 S A St

San JuanTaqueria Rios 5107 N Raul LongoriaAlejandro TMs Tortilla 2711 N Raul LongoriaLucky Caf 300 E Frontage Rd

ElsaDairy Queen 108 E Edinburg

San BenitoXavier TMs Steak House 1651 N Hwy 77

Port IsabelPizza Hut 1202 Hwy 100Whataburger 1629 W Hwy 100

SPID TM Pizza Joint 2413 Padre BlvdBlackbeard TMs 103 E Saturn