How Can We Tell If Food Has Botulism?

Q:
How can we tell if food has botulism?

A:
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.

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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.