April 13 Restaurant inspectors found 13
violations at Mar-a-Lago, the exclusive Florida resort owned by
President Donald Trump, the Miami Herald reported.
Undercooled meat, potentially dangerous raw fish and two
broken coolers were among the problems found at the private club
that charges $200,000 in initiation fees and has become known as
the Southern White House, the newspaper reported late on
Neither Mar-a-Lago nor the Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation, which last inspected the club on
Jan. 26, immediately responded to Reuters requests for comment
Trump bought Mar-a-Lago in 1985. This weekend he is to make
his seventh trip to the Palm Beach property as the 45th
president of the United States.
Violations found just days before the state visit of
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe included failure to use
proper parasite destruction on fish intended to be served raw or
undercooked, the Herald reported, quoting the inspection report.
Inspectors ordered that the fish be cooked immediately or tossed
Inside the broken coolers, inspectors found raw meats meant
to be stored at 41 degrees that were potentially dangerously
warm, including ham at 57 degrees, raw beef at 50 degrees, duck
at 50 degrees and chicken at 49 degrees, the newspaper said.
Other violations included sinks with water too cold to
sanitize hands and rusty shelves inside walk-in coolers.
Three were "high priority" violations, meaning they could
allow for illness-causing bacteria in meals served in the dining
room, the newspaper said.
Mar-a-Lago was issued a citation for the broken coolers,
which the club was ordered to empty and repair.
It was not the first time a Trump eatery has gotten negative
publicity since his November 2016 election. The restaurant in
the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City was reviewed by Vanity
Fair in December 2016 under the headline "Trump Grill Could Be
The Worst Restaurant in America."
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Dan