Can you get botulism from pasteurized honey?

The short answer is no. You cannot get botulism from pasteurized honey.

Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium is found in soil and can contaminate honey.

Raw honey can contain the bacteria that causes botulism. However, the bacteria will not grow and produce toxin in honey that has been properly pasteurized.

Pasteurization is a process that uses heat to kill bacteria. Honey is pasteurized by heating it to a temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes.

Bottom line: Pasteurized honey is safe to eat. You don’t need to worry about getting botulism from it.

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