Two die from apparent botulism; home canned foods fingered

There isn’t a whole lot of botulism in the U.S. every year, and not all of it is foodborne – infant and wound botulism is more common. Of the bot cases linked to food, canning low acid foods without a pressure canner is a common theme.
Last year over 20 folks in Ohio got sick after home canned potatoes were made into potato salad. Home canned carrots were also linked to a case in Ashe County, North Carolina. beansdone
Home canned stuff, if not preserved correctly, can lead to the devastating illness.
According to AP home canned foods may be linked to two tragic deaths in Moses Lake, Washington.
Health officials say two deaths in Washington state this month appear to be linked to botulism — apparently from home-canned foods.
The Grant County Health District said Friday the cause of the deaths has not been confirmed. The victims were in their 80s and lived together, but health officials say the disease can affect people of any age.
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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.