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Death From Botulism Tied to Ohio Church Potluck

One person is dead, at least 18 sickened after Lancaster gathering

(Newser) - On average, there are about 145 cases of botulism reported in the US each year—and almost two dozen of this year's have now apparently come out of Lancaster, Ohio, after what looks to be a church potluck gone wrong, the Columbus Dispatch reports. One person died and at... More »

Deadliest Known Toxin Found—but No Antidote

Scientists withholding DNA sequence for now

(Newser) - It sounds like a sci-fi thriller plot, except this is very much fact instead of fiction: Scientists in California have found a new strain of botulinum toxin—the deadliest toxin known to man—but they still haven't come up with an antidote, reports New Scientist . As a result, they'... More »

Dairy Giant Warns of Botulism Threat

New Zealand's Fonterra says 7 countries affected; so far, US is in clear

(Newser) - New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism. The tainted products include infant formula, sports drinks, protein drinks, and other beverages.... More »

FDA Slaps Strictest Warning Label on Botox

(Newser) - Botox will now carry the Food and Drug Administration’s strictest warning for pharmaceuticals after the agency raised concerns over the risk of botulism last year, Bloomberg reports. The approval of a rival botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes prompted the review. The toxin can cause muscle weakness and breathing difficulty,... More »

Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recalled in Botulism Scare

Four hospitalized in Texas & Indiana

(Newser) - Federal officials have ordered a recall of certain brands of hot dog chili sauce after they were linked to four cases of botulism in Texas and Indiana. It's not clear how widely the brands were distributed, but the recall includes 10-ounce cans of Castleberry's, Austex and Kroger hot dog chili... More »

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