Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Kitchen Cited for Severe Health Code Violations
Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago may have become the center of diplomatic relations, but guests may want to think twice before dining again at the “Winter White House.”
Mere days before President Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the gaudy residence in February, Florida health inspectors found 13 health violations in the resort’s kitchens, three of which were deemed serious or “high priority,” including raw fish (sushi) that had not undergone parasite destruction, raw meat stored at high temperatures, and broken coolers. These three violations alone, inspectors said, could present a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria that could have caused guests to fall ill.
The full list of the most serious violations, as obtained by the Miami Herald, is below:
“— Fish designed to be served raw or undercooked, the inspection report reads, had not undergone proper parasite destruction. Kitchen staffers were ordered to cook the fish immediately or throw it out.
— In two of the club’s coolers, inspectors found that raw meats that should be stored at 41 degrees were much too warm and potentially dangerous: Chicken was 49 degrees, duck clocked in a 50 degrees and raw beef was 50 degrees. The winner? Ham at 57 degrees.
— The club was cited for not maintaining the coolers in proper working order and was ordered to have them emptied immediately and repaired.”
The uptick in violations seems to have occurred as soon as Trump entered national politics. In 2015, the resort committed only two health violations, compared with 11 in 2016 and 13 this year.