A Weslaco convenience store has shot to the top of the low performer list on Food 4 Thought as the dirtiest kitchen so far this year.
Weslaco Food Mart on 1400 E. Business 83 scored an astounding 63 demerits.
A chief health inspector shut the kitchen down for 24 hours.
Some two days worth of food had to be thrown away, according to the city.
The inspector said carne guisada, bacon, brisket, beans and salsa were left uncovered and at room temperature for an unknown period of time.
He called it a major health code violation.
A worker inside the mart defended the safety practices at the kitchen.
But when asked by the Food Patrol if he was concerned about 63 demerits, he answered maybe with a smile followed by a chuckle.
The reaction didn TMt sit well with customers.
Click on the video link to watch what happened next in this week TMs Food 4 Thought report.
Statement from a La Plaza Mall representative regarding the low performer score at Freshen TMs:We are committed to providing a safe, clean shopping and dining environment for our customers and mall employees.
While we are not health inspectors, we do conduct inspections of all our food court tenants' operations to insure cleanliness is being maintained.
It's also important to note that all retailers at Simon Malls are contractually obligated to adhere to guidelines that are issued by official agencies, which include those issued by the Health Department.
--Isabel Rodriguez, Area Director of Marketing & Business Development, La Plaza Mall
Weekly Low Performer List:
WeslacoWeslaco Food Mart (63) *Shutdown 24hrs, Rodent Droppings*
McAllenFreshen TMs @ La Plaza Mall (25) *Dead Roach, Filthy Cold Room*Lin TMs Grand Buffet (25) *Scored Worse on Re-inspection Report*
Weekly Top Performer List:
San JuanIrene TMs 816 N I Rd
BrownsvilleTaqueria Siberia 2501 Paredes Line Rd
San BenitoSubway 1220 N Hwy 77Kountry Korner 500 S Williams RdStars 474 E Hwy 77
AlamoWhataburger 513 N Alamo Rd
AltonPizza Bella 5 Mile & Glasscock
McAllenWhataburger 1000 E NolanaEl Divino 1410 Austin Ave
EdinburgSubway 2847 W University Dr
PharrStars 1208 E Hwy 83
HarlingenLos Asados 210 N 77 SunshineEl Campanario 1417 E Harrison AveEl Taquito 305 N 1st