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Old 03-18-2005, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so I bought some cat food today, and went to feed Nya, when I noticed the can looked funny. It was dented, and the bottom was kinda puffed out. (I dont know why I didn't notice it at the store ) I'm kinda paranoid about all the obscure things that can kill you, so of course I went running to Matt and asked "what's that thing that you can get sick and die from in canned food?" And he said "botulism why?" and I showed him the can. He said it was fine and not to worry about it, so I opened the can and since I was already concerned, the food looked funny to me (but it was probably just me). So I threw it out, JUST incase

I probably overreacted, but how serious IS botulism? And I know it can kill humans, but how would it affect cats? Any of you have any experince with this? Sorry this is kinda a random post! lol
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You did the right thing. I'd throw that out, too. It's not worth taking a chance on.
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am paranoid about it too... we went to the local petshop today to get some food and the woman beside me was chatting about her cats while she put cans in her basket not looking and I was like... ooh that one has a big dent you should get another one... she got another one but was shaking her head at me so not sure if it has an effect on cats!
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Better safe than sorry, botulism is very dangerous. But, it all depends on where the can is dented. Even so, I avoid buying dented cans if I notice them.

http://www.foodlinkny.org/pdf/Nutrition ... ed%20cans'

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Old 03-18-2005, 08:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think you're paranoid at all. You did the right thing. I would call the store. Their stock employees should automatically dispose of cans like that.
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wise decision. I won't feed my cats anything that I wouldn't eat myself. Better safe than sorry, you know.
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Thanks guys, I dont feel so silly now. And Jennifer2, that link was really helpful!
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Speaking to you as a professional chef, botulism is BAD. Any cans that are dented, puffed out or go like "psssst" (except coffee cans) when you open them, throw them out!

In the least it will give you an upset tummy, at the most it will kill you

Any store that you see selling dented cans at a discount, alert a manager immediatly (make sure you bring the can with you so no one else grabs it).

This is "illegal" to sell cans like that, they should be thrown out, it's actually a just cause for a HUGE lawsuit if you see someone doing that (though i don't suggest you actually sue someone for it, a lot of trouble...)

Also, never keep anything in a can after it's opened, put it in a nother container. because by opening it you cave broken the seal and botulism can occur if you leave the food in the can.

Any other questions about food safety you can ask me

And as I think someone else mentioned, better safe than sorry.
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