Can Canned Tomatoes Cause Botulism?

Q:
Can canned tomatoes cause botulism?

A:
Possibly.

Though homemade canned tomatoes are tasty, if not made or preserved correctly, they may cause great harm to your health – botulism.

The problem lies in that you cannot see, smell, or taste botulinum toxin, but taking even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent botulism.

  • When making canned food, follow meticulously all specified home-canning processing instructions.
  • Before eating the canned tomatoes, boil them for at least 10 minutes.
  • Discard any jars that have lost their airtight seal.
  • Throw the canned food if it is
    1. leaking or swollen
    2. has bulges
    3. spurts liquid or foam when you open it
    4. of abnormal color, moldy, or smells bad

Since botulism may cause paralysis or even death, never take it lightly.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.