Meat from Aurora restaurant found in alleyway next to dumpster

AURORA, Colo. -- Cooks at a metro-area restaurant have been busy using an alleyway as part of their prep kitchen. On Thursday, the Problem Solvers found thawing meat next to a dumpster attracting flies and producing a foul smell at Korean Foods in Aurora.

The violations were so bad, a Tri-County Health Department inspector spent more than an hour Thursday inside the restaurant addressing various critical violations.

Issues include pigs feet thawing at unsafe temperatures in an alleyway behind the restaurant at East Yale Avenue and South Parker Road. An employee said the pigs feet are used in soup.

Customers on their lunch break were surprised to learn of the issues. One man said he frequents the business regularly because the food is tasty.

Flies could be seen hovering above the tinted, water-soaked meat.

An inspector's report, still pending official review, found seven critical violations. Those violations included potentially hazardous food temperatures and sanitation issues.

"That's not a good place, and I certainly wouldn't want to find myself eating there," Micheal Garcia said. "It makes me feel sick to my stomach."

Health officials said the restaurant, under new ownership since November, is properly licensed.

In July, the health department found six critical violations at Korean Foods.

An inspector is due to return within 10 days for a follow-up inspection. After Thursday's review, the 80 pounds of pigs feet thawing next to the dumpster were condemned.