Hidden camera exposes alarming restaurant health code violations

The shocking video is reportedly from inside a restaurant's walk in cooler.

The amateur recording, sent exclusively to the Food Patrol, captures what appears to be a number of health code violations at Morado's restaurant on 1610 North 23rd Street in McAllen.

It shows food boxes on the floor, uncovered food, foods not labeled and cross-contamination concerns.

The video sparked an immediate inspection by the McAllen Health Department after a call from the Food Patrol about it.

The restaurant scored 19 demerits and received a citation from the city for no certified food manager on duty just last week.

Health report violations back up the troubling finds on hidden camera.

There's a cross-contamination of beef over produce.

Foods aren't labeled.

There's even a note that indicates how an avocado is found rotting in the fridge.

The Food Patrol wants answers.

Action 4's Ryan Wolf showed the video to owner Blanca Rodriguez and her daughter also named Blanca.

"How does that make you feel to see this video sent to me?" Ryan asked.

"I don't know how to feel," the owner said. "I don't know who took the video."

Blanca's daughter is more direct.

"That's kind of mean," she said.

"Why do you think that's mean?" Ryan asked. "Don't you think they're just looking out for the safety ofcustomers?"

"True," she said. "But why would they send it to you so the whole world can see?"

China Sea Buffet on 4901 West Expressway 83 in McAllen isn TMt keeping it clean.

Roaches turn up in photos sent to the Food Patrol.

They're immediately shared with the McAllen health department.

It sparked an inspection the very same day on Wednesday.

The inspector confirms dead roaches are discovered by the Mongolian grill.

A total of 28 demerits turn up.

The business is busted after a watchful Food Patrol fan!

Miranda's Snow Cone on 1528 North Minnesota Road in Brownsville is the dirtiest this week.

34 demerits pop up during an inspection last week.

Inspector photos document the dirty finds.

A pineapple is called "bad" on the report.

Miranda's is warned about it.

A mold-like substance is shown is on the floor.

There's also a long list of unapproved foods condemned by the health department.

Everything from lechera to conchita chips to Mexican cheese is ordered thrown away.

El Porton Taqueria on 2003 East University Drive in Edinburg is this week's featured top performer with 0demerits.

The Food Patrol is here to personally award the restaurant a top performer sticker!

"You know it's not easy to score 0 demerits," Ryan said to a worker.

"No, it's not," Maria Duran said.

"When you saw us coming in, did you ever think you'd be getting a sticker?" Ryan asked.

"No!" she said with a huge smile. "I told my workers, 'Hey... There's the Food Guy! TM'"

You know what the Food Patrol says to that-- "Keep it clean!"

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

McAllenMorado TMs 1610 N 23rd (19, 0) *Cross-Contamination of Foods, Rotten Avocado*China Sea Buffet 4901 W Exp 83 (28) Brownsville *Dead Roaches, Cross-Contamination of Foods*Miranda TMs Snow Cone 1528 N Minnesota (34) *Condemned Foods, Dirty Equipment*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

BrownsvilleWhataburger 2419 Boca ChicaWendy TMs 1001 Main StC&C Wings 6550 FM 802Mariscos de la Rosa 7738 Padre Island HwyEasy to go Taco Stand 2344 Southmost Rd

HarlingenCinemark-The Palace 401 S Exp 83Whataburger 1522 E HarrisonDenny TMs 4703 S Exp 83Golden Corral 1605 W TylerTSTC Cafeteria 2424 Boxwood St

EdinburgEl Porton 2003 E UniversityLittle Caesar TMs 1410 S ClosnerPizza Patron 716 S Closner