Can botulism food poisoning be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The best way to prevent botulism food poisoning is to observe food safety practices. Always heat canned food to boiling before eating it. When canning foods at home, pressure cook the food first. Do not eat food that looks or smells spoiled (although not all botulism bacteria have an odor). Keep foil-wrapped baked potatoes hot until they are served. Refrigerate oils that have herbs or garlic in them.

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