Food Safety

Category - Contamination

Which bacteria could be contaminating food that was purchased in a damaged can?
  1. Shigella
  2. Salmonella
  3. Clostridium botulinum
  4. Staphylococcus
Answer: C - The bacteria that could be contaminating food purchased in a damaged can is Clostridium botulinum. These bacteria can grow without oxygen and can cause fatal illness. Symptoms of botulism start with nausea and vomiting then progress to weakness, double vision and difficulty speaking or swallowing. To reduce risk, inspect canned food for damage.
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