Last updated February 28, 2009 4:00 a.m. PT
3 in Spokane
sickened by canned-bean botulism
Source of Article: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_botulism_warning.html
-- Health officials and food preservation experts are warning home canners
to follow strict safety rules after a Spokane
woman and two young children were sickened by botulism from improperly
canned green beans from a home garden.
The Spokesman-Review reports the
victims were a nurse in her 30s and two children younger than 10. The women has asked that her name not be released. She
remains on a ventilator and is recovering slowly. The children suffered
The three were given an antitoxin
that was flown to Spokane from a special
storage facility in Seattle.
Epidemiologist Dorothy MacEachern with the Spokane Regional Health District is
concerned that people have been responding to difficult economic times by
canning more of their food perhaps improperly.
Food safety experts say special
precautions must be taken when canning low-acid foods such as green beans
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