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What does it need to thrive?

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veronica pecina

on 8 September 2013

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Clostridium Botulinum
What does it need to thrive?
The organism thrives on low oxygen environment and can be found on surfaces of fruits and vegetables.
What are the foods/sources associated with it and possible contaminants?
*Infants: honey, home-canned vegetables and fruits and corn syrup.
*Children and Adults:improperly canned commercial foods, home-canned or fermented fish, herb-infused oils,foods held warm for extended periods of time.

What is the implicated illness?
Its a rare but serious illness. It may enter the body through wounds, or they may live in improperly canned or preserved food.

What is the incubation period for the illness?
The shorter the incubation period, the more sever the disease and the higher the case fatality rate. Food borne botulism: usually 12 to 72 hrs after ingestion of toxic, depending on the dose.
What are the symptoms associated with the illness?
dry mouth
double vision
muscle paralysis
respiratory failure
What is the duration of the symptoms?
Approximately 12 to 36 hrs.
How is Clostridium Botulinum involved in the Farm-to-Table Cycle?
The cycle was initiated by feeding brewer's grains contaminated with proteolytic C. Botulinum type B to the cows.
canned corn peepers,green beans, soups,beets, asparagus, mushrooms, ripe olives, spinach, tuna fish, chicken and chicken livers, ham, sausage, lobster, etc.
What are the steps for prevention?
Properly can foods following recommended procedures; cook food properly.
How can Clostridium botulinum spread?
It can be spread through food, inhilation, and wounds.
How it can be prevented at each step?
*Farms-make sure you wash all fruits and vegetables.
*Processing-cook fish,meat or foods containing these items to an internal temperature of 63 C or above for a minimum of 15 seconds
*Retail-in stores frozen food should remain frozen intil it is used.
*Home- wash hands before handling or preparing food.


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