It is important to be aware of the potential danger of botulism in canned food. Botulism is a rare but serious form of food poisoning caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
The bacteria produce a toxin that can cause paralysis, respiratory failure and death. Foods that are especially prone to botulism contamination include canned foods, such as vegetables, fruits, meats and fish.
The best way to prevent botulism from occurring in canned food is to ensure that it is properly canned and stored. Canned foods must be heated to an internal temperature of at least 240°F for at least three minutes before being sealed and stored away. This will kill any existing botulinum spores that may be present in the food.
If you suspect that contaminated canned food has been eaten, prompt medical attention should be sought as symptoms can develop quickly and without warning. Symptoms include double vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing.
If you find that you have a can of food with signs of contamination such as bulging or leaking lids or visible mold growth, it should not be consumed and should instead be discarded immediately. Do not attempt to open or taste the contents of the can as this could result in further contamination.
The best way to get rid of botulism in canned food is to ensure that it is properly canned and stored according to industry standards. If you suspect contaminated canned food has been eaten, seek medical attention right away. Discard any cans with signs of contamination such as bulging or leaking lids or visible mold growth without attempting to open them.