Meat seen on a Chinatown sidewalk was being made into char siu, restaurant says

CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) - A restaurant behind a controversial photo that surfaced online last week is weighing in with what they say happened to slabs of meat that fell on a Chinatown sidewalk.

In the photo taken last week Friday, raw pork being delivered to Chun's Meat Market in Chinatown was seen laying skin-down on the sidewalk.

A passerby saw this, snapped a photo and a complaint was filed with the DOH. Health officials went to the meat market that morning to investigate.

According to the DOH inspection report, the business told health inspectors the meat fell off the truck while it was being unloaded and hit their worker.

The business had the right to decline the product if they felt it was "adulterated, damaged or (was) at an unsafe temperature," but they decided to accept it anyway.

Health officials previously said that the pork was then thoroughly washed, cleaned and cooked. When inspectors arrived, there were no traces of the product, the DOH said.

On Monday, the family of the store owners spoke with Hawaii News Now.

At the time of the inspection, the meat in question was in a refrigerator in the back, the owner's son, Frankie Chun said.

Chun admitted the pork was being prepared to be made into char siu that was intended to be sold on Saturday. He added the skin was discarded and the usable pork was salvaged.

But after speaking to the health inspector Friday morning, the restaurant decided to discard the meat instead of selling it.

Meat market employees were then educated by the health employees on good practices of receiving foods.

We've reached out to the DOH for additional comment.

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