January 1999 Issue

Potatoes in Foil Can Be Deadly

It seems you can get food poisoning from just about anything these days. Even a simple baked potato. Though not a common source, potatoes can harbor Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria whose toxin causes dreaded botulism. The illness causes skeletal and respiratory paralysis, and if not treated early, is fatal. Though rare, most foodborne botulism in the U.S. is from improper home canning. But according to a report from the Centers for Disease

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