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