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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Tonight we are answering questions why a local Taco Bell is able to be open after an active meth lab was found inside.

Two men were arrested two weeks ago. Officers found 31-year-old Christopher Matous, an employee of the store, along with another man, 56-year-old Kenty Duby.

The restaurant immediately closed until the area could be cleaned, and tests determined things were safe.

The restaurant re-opened Friday, but many aren't convinced the building is uncontaminated.

It's quite a different scene at the Taco Bell now compared to two weeks ago. Business was steady today, just five days after it reopened to the public.

Linn County Public Health officials say this Taco Bell has met all food code regulations.

Taco Bell hired a private environmental firm to do all the cleaning when their doors were shut.

KWWL was told that all surfaces were fully cleaned, while other things - like paper plates and food -- were just thrown away.

Public health officials say it's as clean as it technically can be.

"The report which we provided does show that there is very low-level traces in a couple areas, but it's at levels that can barely be detected," said James Hodina, environmental manager at Linn County Public Health.

Hodina also said the cleaning inside was more thorough and intense than a regular home because of the fact that it's a restaurant.

But again, there are still very trace amounts of residue in the building.

KWWL spoke to some people who say they don't care if this restaurant passed all of the health tests -- they will never step foot in here again.

KWWL also reached out to the owner of the Taco Bell franchise, but have not heard back at this time.

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