The ripe olive scare and hotel Loch Maree tragedy: Botulism under glass in the 1920's

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Botulism was believed to be a rare disease in both the US and UK in the 1920's, until two deadly outbreaks altered that view and launched public health measures to control it. In the United States, the ripe olive scare of 1920 found glass-packaged olives linked to multiple deaths. In the United Kingdom, eight deaths from glass-potted duck paste, in the summer of 1922 at Loch Maree, Scotland will always be associated with botulism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-347
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Toxicology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011



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