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Kettering, OH
A 25-year-old female asked:

Can you get botulism from bad bell pepper stored in fridge? i had 4, 1 looked bad, but others ok. i tasted 1 and it tasted bad. should i be worried?

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Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Botulism unlikely: Botulinum spores germinate best in low oxygen environments at 25-37 degrees Celsius (77-99 degrees F) Having said that, other bacteria may have contaminated the peppers and could cause GI illness. Best to avoid food that looks or tastes bad. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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