What is Botulism?

Besides the now called election in Australia, the biggest news this week is the international food product recall that is now happening on well known infant formula.

This recall is being undertaken because there is a chance that the formula is contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. This is the bacteria that causes Botulism.

Botulism has something like a 33% mortality rate in healthy adults, so would be a significant issue for infants.

This bacteria is perhaps one of the worst food poisoning pathogens and therefore the infant formula is being recalled around the world. This means it is being returned to the manufacturer.

I thought it might be a good idea to give a bit of a run down about what Botulism is and the bacteria that causes it.

Bill Marler is an attorney in the USA who specialises in food poisoning cases and he has prepared a brilliant summary about it, and you can find it right here.

C.botulinum is not very common as it has very specific conditions needed for it's growth, but it is a major issue if it is found. It is always a good idea to keep an eye out for food product recalls, as there is a good reason why these foods are being recalled. Don't use a food that is under recall, return it to where you bought it.

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