Indeed, more than a million doses of botulism antiserum were prepared (PDF) for D-Day soldiers invading Normandy Beach.
botulism is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a hardy anaerobe.
To regard every can as a source of botulism is worse than regarding every dog as a source of hydrophobia.
Thus far the best-known examples of poisoning by the products of micro-organisms are botulism and ergotism.
This may take place with other kinds of flesh, and is known as botulism, or allantiasis.
It should be clearly understood that botulism is one of the very rare maladies.
botulism bot·u·lism (bŏch'ə-lĭz'əm)
A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in improperly canned or preserved food and characterized by nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, and paralysis.