Pathology Handbook

Botulism

Synonyms

Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin.

Test Includes

Detection of the toxin of Clostridium botulinum in food products.

Clincial Indications

Investigations of botulism (C.botulinum food poisoning).

Request Form

Request via ICE.

Availability

On request during normal working hours; reference laboratory test (CAMRA Porton Down).

Specific Criteria

The laboratory MUST be contacted first to discuss the appropriateness of the investigation.

Turnaround Time

7-10 days.

Specimen

Suspect food products.

Container

40ml sterile container.

Causes For Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Lab Handling

Store at 4C; send to the reference laboratory as soon as possible.