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Trump's Mar-a-Lago Restaurant Busted For 13 Health Code Violations

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04/13/2017 04:37pm ET | Updated April 17, 2017

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. But he might want to re-think what he serves with that chocolate cake.

The Mar-a-Lago Club was cited for its highest-ever number of health code violations in January, the Miami Herald reported.

Records from a routine inspection January 26 note 13 violations at Mar-a-Lago’s dining establishments, including three deemed “high priority,” the most severe category. In coolers, foods like shrimp and burgers were found at temperatures up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, much warmer than the required 41 degrees. A ham was stored at 57 degrees. And fish that was intended to be served raw had not undergone proper parasite destruction and needed to be cooked or thrown away immediately, inspectors said.

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Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had dinner at Mar-a-Lago last Thursday. 

The number of violations was bigly for the property ― and records show there were two more the following day, as well ― but it’s not an uncommon number for a restaurant undergoing routine inspection, according to Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. A statement from Mar-a-Lago pointed out that all of the urgent violations were corrected the same day they were found. As far as restaurants go, Mar-a-Lago’s inspection was relatively average.

But then again, when the Japanese prime minister is one of your upcoming dinner guests, one bad fish could really screw things up.

News of Mar-a-Lago’s inspection started trending after the Miami Herald dug up the report, which was made available on January 26. Less serious violations included a lack of hand-washing signage in a restroom and rust on freezer shelves. Lawson said diners have no cause to avoid the restaurant, which requires a $200,000 membership to enter.

We’ll stay away anyway, thanks.

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A ballroom of the Mar-a-Lago club, where membership fees run $200,000 per year.
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The Trumps, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife Akie Abe, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had dinner at Mar-a-Lago in February. 

UPDATE: This post originally reported 10 violations at Mar-a-Lago. It has been updated to include three violations found the same day at a second food service location on the property, for a total of 13 violations.

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