Fancy food doesn’t mean safe food — Socialista edition

Health officials said that hundreds of patrons of a posh Manhattan hot spot, including A-list celebrities who attended actor Ashton Kutcher’s 30th birthday party there, may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

James Trinko, 29, received a vaccination Saturday and said,

"I just can’t believe that in a restaurant as fancy as it was, that they would have this problem. It’s kind of a pain in the butt to come out here and deal with this." But "you have to do it."

The story says that hepatitis A virus is found in fecal matter. If someone with the disease doesn’t wash his or her hands properly and handles food or drinks, the virus can be spread.

Health department spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti said the Socialista bartender, whose name was not released, handled glasses and garnishes, and there was no soap behind the bar.

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