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Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Slammed with Health Violations for Undercooked, Raw Meats

Thursday Apr 13, 2017

Members at President Donald Trump's swanky Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach get a lot for their $200,000 initiation fee. They get to rub elbows with world leaders and even get a glimpse of that famed nuclear football. And now, according to a report by the Miami Herald, they get to court food poisoning as well.

Florida restaurant inspectors deemed the kitchen at Mar-a-Lago might not meet minimum standards. According to a recently published report, inspectors found 13 violations at the club's kitchen, three of which were considered bacteria-related "high priority" concerns.

The Miami Herald reports that among the meat/fish-related violations were:

* 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.

BuzzFeed reports that inspectors also cited the restaurant for lesser violations: not properly maintaining its walk-in freezers and not providing hot water at the employee hand washing sink.

There also appears to be a correlation between an increase in health violations at Mar-a-Lago and the time that Trump decided to go into presidential politics. According to Raw Story, the 13 violations inspectors hit Mar-a-Lago with this year were a record for the club, which had 11 violations in 2016 and just two in 2015.

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