Botulism

Most Americans enjoy living under the assumption that what we eat is generally free from major health risks of contamination and disease. However, every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country suffer the effects of a number of acute food-related illnesses, with a number of these cases actually proving fatal.

Botulism is a relatively rare but extremely serious form of food poisoning. Caused by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, this illness may lead to paralysis in extreme cases, and tends to progressively affect the muscles of the face, limbs, and respiratory system.

Usually the result of improperly canned foodstuffs, this condition is marked by such symptoms as:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Difficulty breathing and respiratory failure
  • Trouble speaking and swallowing
  • Double vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness and paralysis

Most cases of botulism find their origin in the household, where poor canning techniques of low-acidity foods including carrot juice, asparagus, green beans, corn, and beets allow for the bacteria to manifest.

Commercially-canned goods are subject to a botulinum cook that generally mitigates the possibility of this illness in restaurants and similar settings. However, an outbreak of botulism may still stem from improper industrial food handling and storage techniques, meaning that a single instance of neglect can have disastrous consequences.

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For more information on what to do if you or someone you love has been affected by a case of botulism, contact the experienced Kenosha food poisoning attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today by calling 800-2-HABUSH.