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What increases my risk of getting botulism food poisoning?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Eating contaminated food is the greatest risk factor for botulism food poisoning. Canned foods, especially those that are canned at home, are the most likely to become contaminated with botulism food poisoning. Never eat food from a bulging can, and do not eat food that smells spoiled. However, canned foods are not the only sources of botulism food poisoning. Other foods which are not kept at the proper temperature (either hot or cold) can become contaminated.

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