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

Reports show Florida health inspectors dinged President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 13 violations in late January, days before the USA leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) for a visit.

As president, Donald Trump has already hosted two world leaders for dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida instead of at the White House.

Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club's kitchen, according to recently published documents, a record for an institution that charges $200,000 in initiation fees. The violations included several that were categorized as high priority, which "could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury", according to the agency. This included raw and undercooked fish that had "not undergone proper parasite destruction", and meats - chicken, duck, beef, ham, etc. - that were stored at potentially risky temperatures.

A handwashing sink for employees ran water that was not hot enough.

On Thursday, Trump will make his seventh trip to the club as president. The inspectors ordered the food to be cooked or thrown out.

The inspector said the temperature issue was resolved after the chef called a technician, who discovered the coolers' settings were mistakenly set to defrost.

Another violation was for serving undercooked seafood that "not undergone proper parasite destruction", the inspector's report said.

As he once told CNN's Anderson Cooper, "One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald's".

"You should never be able to go to a party at Mar-a-Lago with subpar food, and it happens a lot". "The food I got at Mar-a-Lago over the years was sometimes embarrassing". The increase could be explained in part, he believes, because Trump as president no longer has the time to personally supervise his kitchen staff. Two violations were found during a December 2015 inspection, four during an April 2015 check, four in December 2014, and none in June 2014.

No comment thus far from general manager Bernd Lembcke.

  • Ernesto Newman