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Is botulism the only sickness that results from eating improperly canned foods?

Staphlococcus also produces a poisonous toxin which is not destroyed by boiling. But staph is easily killed in proper canning as are most other organisms.

Botulism is of great concern because the spores are heat resistant, and if not destroyed can grow and produce toxin in canned foods. About 60 percent of those who become ill with botulism die. 


Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia







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