How Can We Tell If Food Has Botulism?

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In fact, it’s difficult to tell if the food has botulism. Because you cannot see, smell, or taste the botulism toxin – but taking even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly. Therefore, for safety reasons, here are some practical preventions: Throw the canned food immediately when you see that the canned food:
  • is leaking or has bulges
  • looks damaged or cracked
  • spurts liquid or foam when you open it
  • has an abnormal color or smells bad
  • becomes moldy
If, unfortunately, you or your family members get botulism, make an emergency call such as 911 immediately. Keywords: tell if food has botulism