Stefan Hayden

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Urban Myth: Dented Cans Contain Botulism

Stop telling me dented soda cans will give me Botulism. It’s not going to happen:

In the United States an average of 110 cases of botulism are reported each year. Of these, approximately 25% are foodborne, 72% are infant botulism, and 3% are wound botulism. Outbreaks of foodborne botulism involving two or more persons occur during most years and usually are caused by eating contaminated home-canned foods. – (Via Wikipedia)

110 cases? 72% infants? That’s only like 27 adults. Or 1 out of every 11 million people (approx.)

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What does soda have to do with it?
Botulism from dented cans comes from canned low-acid items, like carrots, green beens, asparagus, etc.
Obviously soda is not a low-acid substance, and I’ve never heard anyone say anything about botulism from dented soda cans, ever…

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I guess we hang out with different people.

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I’ve never heard this about soda cans, either– just food cans.

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