Mar-a-Lago Had Long List of Health-Code Violations
Some January violations described as 'potentially hazardous'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 14, 2017 9:35 AM CDT
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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 3.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

(Newser) – Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets. Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the US leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit, reports the AP. Still, the state inspectors allowed the luxury resort's main restaurant and beach club grill to remain open as staff scrambled to make several immediate corrections. Among the "high priority" problems described as "potentially hazardous" were faulty fridges with meats stored well above the required 41 degrees Fahrenheit. In the restaurant's walk-in cooler, the duck and beef were 50 degrees, while a ham was at 57.

Other issues included smoked salmon served without "proper parasite destruction" and a handwashing sink running water that was not hot enough. A rep for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, however, says the violations—found during a routine inspection—"were corrected on site, and the establishment was immediately brought into compliance." The January inspections were not the first time inspectors have found problems at Mar-a-Lago. Over the last three years, records show the club has been cited 78 times for violations that included chefs handling food without washing their hands, dirty cutting boards, a slicer "soiled with old food debris" and an ice machine containing a "black/green mold-like substance."

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