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Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Not really

Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a particular germ clostridium botulinum, most commonly found in canned foods that have gone bad (often the can fills with gas and expands).
Since the illness is produced by a toxin that has already been made, killing the germ, whether with alcohol, bleaches or whatever does not reduce the toxin already made. Avoiding food from damaged cans is key.

In brief: Not really

Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a particular germ clostridium botulinum, most commonly found in canned foods that have gone bad (often the can fills with gas and expands).
Since the illness is produced by a toxin that has already been made, killing the germ, whether with alcohol, bleaches or whatever does not reduce the toxin already made. Avoiding food from damaged cans is key.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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In brief: Not well enough.

The spores are pretty resistant, even to heat.

In brief: Not well enough.

The spores are pretty resistant, even to heat.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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