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Health inspectors grill Mar-a-Lago eateries

The Associated Press

Mar-a-Lago resort is seen in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 3.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets.

Reports show Florida health inspectors cited U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the U.S. leader hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit.

Still, the state inspectors allowed the luxury resort’s main restaurant and beach club grill to remain open as staff scrambled to make several immediate corrections.

Among the “high priority” problems described as “potentially hazardous” were faulty fridges with meats stored well above the required 5 C. For example, in the restaurant’s walk-in cooler the duck and beef were measured at 10 C, while a ham was at 13.89 C.

Other issues included smoked salmon being served without undergoing “proper parasite destruction.” A handwashing sink for employees ran water that was not hot enough.

Stephen Lawson, spokesman for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said the violations were the result of a routine inspection and were not prompted by any consumer complaints or food-borne illnesses.

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