That’s Not Funny, Roland. That’s Sick.

Anyone who’s ever suffered from severe food poisoning understands how painful and dangerous it can be. It’s typically twelve to eighteen hours of intense vomiting with excruciating pain that can only be relieved by a morphine drip at the E.R. The symptoms are so intense that food borne illness causes an estimated 5,000 deaths per year in the United States.

Last year Fullerton City Council candidate Roland Chi was charged with multiple misdemeanor health code violations when eleven people got sick after allegedly eating food prepared at the Arirang Supermarket in Garden Grove. Roland is the vice president and owner of the troubled Korean market.

Me? I don't eat there anymore.

When county health inspectors showed up at Roland’s market to investigate the reported illnesses, they described conditions there as “filthy” and “contaminated”. The violations they listed include no hot water for hand washing in the restrooms, unacceptable sanitation practices, raw beef and seafood sitting at room temperature, filthy utensils being washed too close to meat, raw beef being washed with a garden hose, and raw beef water splashing all over the kitchen. And that’s only part of the first report, which also included these graphic photos:

Read the rest of “That’s Not Funny, Roland. That’s Sick.” and view the photos.


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