Thinly disguised jazz mag Sports Illustrated were issuing a warning today after they could have inadvertently exposed a number of high profile celebrity guests to acute Hepatitis A at a party for it’s annual swimsuit issue. Oops.
One of the caterers working for top chef Wolfgang Puck was carrying the disease and the Los Angeles County health department are warning that anyone who ate uncooked food at the U.S. magazines bash on February 14th could be at risk.
Guests included Beyonce, former Guns ‘N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and a host of models who probably didn’t eat much anyway.
The disease can be caught by eating crap, literally. We’re not talking microwaveable kebabs and stuff: You have to ingest something contaminated with the faeces of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice.
Officials said that the risk was ‘quite low’ and that none of Mr Puck’s pre-packed food or restaurants were affected. It’s a little worrying that they believe the likelihood of an employee’s own poo getting into the food he or she was preparing as being only “quite” low, but hey, I’m no chef!
President of Wolfgang Puck Catering, a Mr Carl Shuster said that the company was working incredibly closely with health officials to contact anyone who ate food prepared in their Hollywood kitchen between 1st and 20th of February. The worker who was carrying the disease has been placed on medical leave and the company has ‘applied exceptional procedures’ to clean it’s kitchens and food processing areas. Good.
Mr Shuster also said ‘our catering efforts continue and we remain confident that our guests will receive the highest standards of excellence for which Wolfgang Puck is known…Just don’t eat the vol-au-vents. Ha, ha, ha. ‘ Or something like that.
Sports Illustrated is famous for its yearly swimsuit issue and Beyonce, who is this years cover star, is the first non model or athlete to feature. Other stars include Kanye West, Kenny Chesney (who is not gay, alright), Aerosmith and Gnarls Barkley who all generously agreed to have scantily clad models draped over them.