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.

Cher’s mystery illness not foodborne

With Cher set to make her return to the Vegas stage, some are speculating the mystery illness that sidelined her was foodborne.

Cher was forced to cancel appearances in Dec. 2007 and checked into a German clinic for treatment. She was subsequently diagnosed with diverticulitis, an inflammation of pockets in the intestines.

Cher begins her run of performances in May, three years after her farewell tour.

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