Trump likes meatloaf and well-done steaks likely finished with a delicate house-made ketchup. The fact that his resort, Mar-a-Lago, just got roasted by health inspectors for 13 violations after an inspection could be a pretty clear indicator as to why. So how bad are these violations? Pretty bad if you like keeping down your food.
According to the Miami Herald, Trump’s resort was a veritable breeding ground for bacteria with improperly stored proteins like chicken and fish meant to eat raw or rare. Let’s hope Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan stayed away from the tuna.
According to the Herald’s report:
“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 at 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.”
It costs about $200,000 bucks in initiation fees just to be a member and dinner isn’t free. But the possible side of botulism or the parasite from your fish? No additional cost.
The other violations weren’t so bad. Rusted shelves inside walk-in coolers and water from the employee hand-washing sink wasn’t hot enough to properly sanitize hands.
However, this is the second year running that the ocean-side resort hasn’t performed well in these routine inspections with 11 violations last year still hanging over the resorts head.
Mar-a-Lago General Manager Bernd Lembcke was likely a bit too embarrassed to return calls for comment to the Herald. We can imagine why. Trump might be dusting off his favorite phrase “I hate brown people.” Wait that’s the wrong one we mean “you’re fired.”
Featured image of Shinzo Abe and Trump dining at Mar-a-Lago via Wikimedia