Only on 12: Possible health code violation you have to see to believe

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, November 8, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga -- A potential health risk in Richmond County that you have to see to believe, and News 12 caught it on camera.

Raw meat, strung on a pole, and hanging outside of Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant off of Walton Way near Baker Avenue. The pole was hung between the roof and air conditioning unit on the side of the restaurant, with 10 to 15 slabs of raw meat hanging from it, over the parking lot.

It was 76 degrees around lunchtime today when News 12 was there at Ming Wah.

News 12 asked employees about the possible health code violation, we were told the restaurant was 100% sure this wasn't a violation because the meat was for the employees, not for customers.

While News 12 was there, another worker took down the slabs of raw meat with his bare hands and carried it inside the restaurant.

An incident report was filed by a Richmond County deputy and the Health Department was called by the Sheriff's Office. News 12 will let you know what they find.


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  • by Alicia Location: Augusta on Jan 28, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    Sun drying meat is a century old manner of preserving food. Just because it doesn't look like a pig does not mean it is not pork. After all, beef jerky does not look like a cow. Every country has different traditions and delicacies. If you don't like it, you don't have to eat it. By the look of the pork hanging up, you would be very oblivious to not notice this on your plate. I know for a fact they do not serve that to customers. The ignorance and sheer lack of intelligence of many of the comments on here are astonishing. Honestly, get an education and grow up.
  • by Jacques Beasley on Jan 22, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow Meow CHOP! they cooked Baxter!
  • by willie Location: graniteville on Jan 4, 2008 at 03:04 AM
    i say shut them down.
  • by tom Location: martinez on Dec 27, 2007 at 11:00 PM
    i seen them toenails
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:38 AM
    WHY NOT DO AN ISSUE ON ALL THE MEAT PACKING COMPANIES IN THE AREA? MAYBE THEN SOME OF THE IGNORANT COMMENTS CAN CEASE. ALL MEATS ARE HUNG IN THE OPEN(MOSTLY TO ALLOW THE BLOOD TO DRAIN). THEY WASH'EM OFF BEFORE YOU BUY THEM.
  • by Butterman Location: Augusta on Dec 17, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    I always thought they might use dog or even rat but I never thought they would cook my cat. I sit at some depressed and sad, Ming Wah cooked the best pet I ever had.
  • by Mac & Sue Grizzard Location: Walton Way on Dec 17, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    It's been several years ago, my wife's family came in from out of town, and up until then we enjoyed eating at Ming Wah's. However, we were served and the food literally was not fit to eat. I can't describe it, we caused no scene, and paid nealy $50.00 for the meal. But we have never returned. I have always regretted paying for food we could not stomach. I believe something was going on even back then.
  • by carlo Location: augusta on Dec 16, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    I guess the press killed another business by not getting the whole story told.I feel sorry for them as they have been an icon for many years.
  • by Pheronica Location: Raul on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:31 PM
    Who are you all to critcize how they take care of that meat, obviously we don't know anthing about that mystery meat. Tell me, do you know how to cook a cat, a dog, or a weasel the right way?!? No, they are the professionals okay. P.S. They didn't kill Kitty Mittens, I took him and boiled him real nice, he was delicious because I added rice and gravy.
  • by Badcheck Location: NA on Dec 14, 2007 at 05:00 PM
    Jacques doesnt bathe!
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