This tells us that the need for a basic understanding of food safety is needed in most kitchens throughout the world. This bacteria would not be a concern if meats are cooked and reheated correctly. Food poisoning from Clostridium perfringens can happen very quickly ranging from 6 – 24 hours.
How to prevent food poisoning from Clostridium perfringens
- Thoroughly cook foods, particularly meat, poultry, and gravies, to a safe internal temperature at 75˚C or above (167˚F)
- Use a food thermometer to measure these temperatures
- Keep food hot after cooking at 65˚C (140˚ F or above)
- Microwave reheated food thoroughly.
- Refrigerate perishable foods within two hours at 4˚C (40˚F)
- Divide leftovers into shallow containers and refrigerate immediately. Do not let them cool on the counter, the longer your foods are exposed to the danger zone, the more likely bacteria will grow.
Clostridium Botulinum (Botulism)
What is Botulism?
Home cooking can be cost effective and a fun process. But food safety in the home is just as important as it is in the industry. Always take care during preparation, and follow the food safety pillars in order to ensure your meals are always safe.
- Always follow instructions carefully when canning food at home.
- Do not taste canned food items to see if they are still good. Throw away any cans that are bulging, leaking, or appear damaged
- Keep oils infused with garlic or herbs in a refrigerator
- Boil home-processed foods for at least 10 minutes before eating, even if no signs of food spoilage are evident. This means 5˚C or above (167˚F).
Botulism & Botox
Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including
- Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance
- Severe underarm sweating
- Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
- Strabismus – misaligned eyes
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about 3 to 12 months, depending on what you are treating. The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. You could also have flu-like symptoms, headache, and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids.
Can you get Botulism from Botox?
An article published by CNN in 2004 suggested that 4 patients fell sick from Botox ,suggesting botulism was the cause. Doctors dealing with the case insisted that there had never been a single case relating Botox to Botulism. Scientific journals conducting research suggests that although Botox is poisonous , it is the dose that decides if there would be risk or not. There doesn’t seem to be enough evidence that there is a link between botulism and botox, because the disease if so rare. But there is definitely a risk, and botox should be taken with the knowledge of this.