Trump re­sort cited for food safety vi­o­la­tions on eve of Abe visit

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

Health in­spec­tors iden­ti­fied more than a dozen safety vi­o­la­tions at Pres­i­dent Trump’s prized Mar-a-Lago re­sort last month only days be­fore the so-called “South­ern White House” hosted Japanese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, the Mi­ami Her­ald re­ported.

Florida state health in­spec­tors found a to­tal of 13 vi­o­la­tions dur­ing a Jan. 26 re­view of a Mar-a-Lago kitchen, the news­pa­per re­ported, in­clud­ing three deemed “high pri­or­ity.” In­spec­tors said they found raw fish that had not un­der­gone proper par­a­site de­struc­tion, as well as meat be­ing stored in cool­ers at po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous tem­per­a­tures.

“The club was cited for not main­tain­ing the cool­ers in proper work­ing or­der and was or­dered to have them emp­tied im­me­di­ately and re­paired,” the news­pa­per re­ported.

The re­veal­ing in­spec­tion un­folded about two weeks be­fore Mr. Trump hosted the Japanese prime min­is­ter at his pri­vate Palm Beach club for a highly an­tic­i­pated visit.

Mar-a-Lago’s ac­com­mo­da­tions took cen­ter stage dur­ing his stay af­ter guests wit­nessed the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and its guest dis­cuss a North Korean mis­sile launch while they dined at the club.

Mar-a-Lago’s gen­eral man­ager did not re­turn the Her­ald’s calls for com­ment.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Trump’s prized Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Palm Beach, Florida, was cited for health code vi­o­la­tions.

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