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Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Hit With Serious Health Violations, But Stays Open

Well, that’s one fancy resort estate that I’d never want to eat at.

Donald Trump’s well-known, high-priced Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida was recently cited for a shocking ten health violations in their kitchen during a health inspection, according to CNBC.

Three of the violations were “high priority” faults that could actually contribute to the spread of foodborne illnesses by the restaurant, meaning that guests at the estate (and our current president) could get sick from eating at the Mar-A-Lago. These violations included raw and undercooked fish that hadn’t undergone proper parasite destruction and meats stored at temperatures allowing for microbial growth.

The lower priority violations were still disturbing, since they included a lack of hot water to sanitize employee’s hands, poorly maintained coolers to store the food in, and even a lack of the well-known “Employees Must Wash Hands” sign in a bathroom that they use.

While several of the violations were corrected on site, it’s disturbing to note that these dangerous food handling practices were being carried out at a site where Donald Trump has played host to several dignitaries during his first few months of presidency, most notably Xi Jinping, the president of China.

The carelessness shown by Trump’s Mar-A-Lago in properly maintaining their facilities and ensuring proper food handling is alarming for the high-end resort. There’s really no telling how long these violations were going on for, but anyone who dined at the resort prior to that inspection could have gotten sick.

That includes President Trump, President Xi, and any other notable persons staying at the Mar-A-Lago. Talk about a presidential welcome.

Here’s to hoping the changes they had to make during the inspection stay permanent or that President Trump finds somewhere else more sanitary to host distinguished guests.

The White House might be a good choice for that.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.