What Food Can Cause Botulism?

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Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a bacterium which occurs in soil. It produces a toxin that affects your nerves. Botulism food poisoning (also called foodborne botulism) comes from eating foods contaminated with the toxin. Here are the common food sources of botulism: Infants less than 1 year old (also called infant botulism)
  • honey
  • home-canned vegetables and fruits
  • corn syrup
Children and adults
  • home-canned foods with a low acid content, such as corn, green beans, and beets
  • improperly canned commercial foods
  • home-canned or fermented fish, herb-infused oils, baked potatoes in aluminum foil, cheese sauce, bottled garlic
  • foods held warm for extended periods of time
Do not hesitate to throw the canned food when you see it
  • is leaking, moldy, or has bulges
  • looks damaged or cracked
  • spurts liquid or foam when you open it
  • has an abnormal color or smells bad
If, unfortunately, you or your family members get botulism, make an emergency call such as 911 immediately.   Keywords: botulism food sources, causes botulism food, foods cause botulism, foods that can cause botulism, botulism food, botulism food poisoning, botulism foods, food botulism
What are the symptoms?
In general, symptoms of botulism poisoning include the following:

Nausea
Vomiting
Fatigue
Dizziness
Double vision
Dry skin, mouth and throat
Drooping eyelids
Difficulty swallowing
Slurred speech
Muscle Weakness
Body Aches
Paralysis
Lack of fever
Botulism is caused by toxins from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Three common forms of botulism are foodborne botulism, wound botulism and infant botulism. All types of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies.

Botulinum toxin can cause many complications, such as:

Difficulty speaking

Trouble swallowing

Long-lasting weakness

Shortness of breath

For cases of foodborne botulism, doctors sometimes clear out the digestive system by inducing vomiting and giving medications to induce bowel movements. If you have botulism in a wound, a doctor may need to remove infected tissue surgically.
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