Food 4 Thought - Demerits blamed on 'language barrier' at Pharr eatery

Can a language barrier between food handlers and management lead to unsafe kitchen conditions at Valley restaurants?

One eatery blamed part of its problems with health inspections on that very issue.

Poncho TMs on 808 North Cage Boulevard in Pharr scored 33 demerits on an initial health inspection report.

A re-inspection turned up 6 demerits.

It TMs the restaurant TMs second low performer rating on Food 4 Thought in less than two months.

Kitchen cops found off-temperature salsas that were ordered destroyed by the health department, and moldy areas were spotted inside the walk-in cooler for food products.

A spokesperson for Poncho TMs said lingering construction, that TMs now been completed, did cause problems during the inspection for restaurant workers.

But he also said a language barrier with staff created problems too.

Some people who eat out have argued in the past how kitchen cleanliness should a universal language.

The Food Patrol brought their concerns out during the interview.

Click on the video link to hear what he said and to see what other kitchens missed the mark in this week TMs Food 4 Thought report.

Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

PharrPoncho TMs 808 N Cage Blvd (33, 6) *Off-Temp. Salsas Destroyed, Moldy Walk-In*

HarlingenLa Michoacana 902 W Harrison Ave (26) *Off-Temp. Carnitas, Dirty Equipment*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

BrownsvilleKFC/A&W 3565 W Alton GloorQuiznos 4345 N Exp 77Oyster Bar 1057 E LeveeLotus Caf 1601 E Alton Gloor

PharrEl Pato 707 W Hwy 83Stars 204 W DickerFernando TMs 216 E Exp 83

AlamoPizza Now Bus. 83 & Alamo Rd.

WeslacoCortino TMs 3812 E Business 83

ElsaLittle Caesar TMs 1310 W Santa Rosa

HarlingenDairy Queen 121 N Loop 499Peter Piper Pizza 306 N 77 SunshineBuffalo Wings 1500 W HarrisonJerusalem Caf 2224 S 77 SunshineSubway 2210 Loop 499Los Asados 210 N 77 Sunshine

San BenitoLos Troqueros 236 W Robertson