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(This article by Martha Filipic, a writer/editor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, was originally posted here on Aug. 17, 2015, and is reposted with permission.) COLUMBUS, OH—It was a church potluck like any other. But within days, botulism killed one Fairfield County woman and hospitalized 24 others. It was from potato salad, made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Foodborne botulism is rare, but the April 2015 incident was a somber reminder of the importance of strictly following home food preservation guidelines, said Shannon Carter, family and consumer sciences educator in Fairfield County

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