Food Safety News Article on 1919 Botulism Outbreak

Food Safety News published an excellent article today (March 19) that describes a 1919 botulism outbreak associated with canned California olives.  The outbreak resulted in the deaths of 19 persons including seven from Michigan.  The Food Safety News article details the outbreak investigation conducted by Dr. Charles Armstrong of the botulism deaths associated with a Canton, Ohio country club banquet, and provides very interesting insights into investigative techniques used by Dr. Armstrong at the time.

The full article is available at: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/canned-ripe-california-olives-spread-botulism-in-1919/

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About Les Bourquin

Professor and Food Safety Specialist Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Michigan State University
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