Jack White gives Eagles of Death Metal food poisoning

In a nice intersection of music and food safety, Gasoline Magazine reports that Jack White (one of my very favorite thrashers) brought some poorly-handled Detroit pierogies to Jesse Hughes of the Eagles of Death Metal resulting in some celebrity barf. Hughes says that the pierogies arrived before a show in Toronto last fall and gave him the squirts and a queasy stomach for most of the performance:

"Dude, I had botulism… Jack White bought pierogies in Detroit and brought them up to the gig, and I ended up eating one far too long after it had expired.  I ended up contracting mild botulism and sweating out of every hole, so to speak, for about 12 hours.  I was the worst f’n experience I’ve ever had.  But you can’t call in sick to rock & roll"

Amen, brother; that’s why I love rock & roll.

Working in a restaurant, that’s different. Call in sick.

It probably wasn’t actual botulism (would have been difficult to pound the guitar with a body full of  neurotoxin) but sounds like a nasty foodborne illness experience.

Actual botulism did appear this week in WA, where a woman in her 30s and two children under 10 fell ill from eating improperly-canned green beans from a home garden. The woman is reportedly recovering slowly and remains on a ventilator.

Here’s some Sunday rock & roll, Jack White and the Rolling Stones, Loving Cup:

And a bonus video, The Dirty Mac’s Yer Blues from the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus:

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.