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Health inspectors ding Trump's Mar-a-Lago eateries

14 April 2017

Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's exclusive Palm Beach country club where the U.S. president has an increasing fondness for entertaining world leaders with dinner and diplomacy, has been cited for a number of serious food safety violations by Florida's restaurant inspectors. The club charges $200,000 for its exclusive memberships, according to the Miami Herald, making its fancy restaurant's failures all the more surprising.

Fish that was meant to be served raw had not undergone proper parasite destruction and needed to be cooked or thrown away immediately, inspectors said.

Less serious violations included water at the hand-washing sink that was too cold to sanitize hands, and rusty shelves in the walk-in coolers.

Despite Trump's frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago, the club has seen an uptick in violations since the former real estate tycoon entered politics.

Assuming Trump stays at Mar-a-Lago through Sunday, he'll have been in Florida 25 of his 86 days in office.

While officials ultimately declared the kitchen met the minimum standards, they found three "high priority" violations that could potentially lead to harmful bacteria on plates being served to restaurant patrons.

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US President Donald Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the dining room of Mar-a-Lago in January.

Team Trump did not immediately return a request for comment. Most recently, Trump hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It appears since Trump began his ultimately successful tilt for the presidency, managers at Mar-a-Lago have taken their eyes off the ball, reports the Herald.

According to the state's Department of Business & Professional Regulation, high-priority violations are "those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury".

"The infractions were corrected on site, and the establishment was immediately brought into compliance", Lawson said on Thursday.

Eleven of the violations were discovered in January, with another two discovered in 2015.

Health inspectors ding Trump's Mar-a-Lago eateries