Clostridium Perfringens Likely Cause of Illness That Sickened Many in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Foods that have suffered from temperature abuse often lead to Clostridium perfringens poisoning. This Food Safety Infosheet describes a 2009 outbreak of the illness at a political event in South Carolina that was linked to improper cooling and reheating of food.

Highlights:

  • Improper cooling is suspected as the cause of the outbreak. It is not known how rapidly the food that the caterer prepared was cooled.
  • Foods that have suffered temperature abuse often lead to Clostridium perfringens poisoning.
  • Food can be briefly left out to cool, as long as it is refrigerated by the time it reaches 120℉. Use a thermometer to verify the temperature.

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org