Can botulisim occur in a closed month old coffee thermos?
Found a closed thermos of coffee that's about a month old. It was less than half full. Could it have produced botulinum toxin or not, since there was a considerable amount of air in it when it was closed? What should I do with it?
Stupid question I know but I'm very paranoid.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Yes, or worse (e-coli).
- SpeedLv 71 month ago
Throw out what's in the thermos, then clean it with hot water and dish detergent, using a bottle brush. Don't forget to clean the cap as well. It should be perfectly safe to use again.
It's highly unlikely it had that particular toxin in the first place, but if it did, you've killed it.
- billrussell42Lv 71 month ago
throw it away. Why is there any doubt? Perhaps not botulism but there are many other malignant things that could be growing there.
you can keep the thermos as long as you clean it out well.