Originally Posted by taxlady
Might be very rare in the UK. But, we want to make sure that other people don't think it's safe to just plop some garlic in oil and keep it. I know you passed yours through steam, but I didn't even notice that until Jenny mentioned it.
From the Center for Disease Control website, CDC - Botulism, General Information - NCZVED
"How common is botulism? In the United States, an average of 145 cases are reported each year.Of these, approximately 15% are foodborne, 65% are infant botulism, and 20% are wound. Adult intestinal colonization and iatrogenic botulism also occur, but rarely. Outbreaks of foodborne botulism involving two or more persons occur most years and are usually caused by home-canned foods. Most wound botulism cases are associated with black-tar heroin injection, especially in California"
on a population size comparison ratio you do have 4x the incidence per capita that we have in the uk so i can understand your concerns plus,if you take out the 20+ cases associated with the hazelnut yogurt which was clearly a manufacturing problem,there is practically a zero incidence over here,which is why i am not overly concerned.
but you & jenny are absolutely right to point it out & then it is up to the individual reading the post to make their decision