Understanding BotulismBotulism is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This toxin is known to thrive in anaerobic or low-oxygen conditions, such as in improperly canned foods.
Warning Signs When Home CanningWhen home canning, it’s essential to be able to identify any warning signs of botulism. The following are indications that your canned food is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria:
- The container releases foam or liquid when opened.
- Food inside may be stained, spongy or smells unpleasant.