botulism & composting ?
Lot of talk over on the Harvest Forum about improper food canning and spoilage esp., botulism. I recently started a compost pile and while waiting for my husband to build it, I had some veggie scraps in a trash can in a plastic bag waiting for the pile. When I went to put it in it was rather like, shall we say, *veggie soup*and smelly. Now I'm wondering if this is a safe pile or could I be starting a major health hazard? It is in a mixed layers of shredded leaves and fresh yard & garden waste. Granted, I probaly should have just thrown it away,(polluted the local landfills?) Tried to do a search and couldn't come up with anything. I plan to use this in my beds next year for my market garden and surely don't need this kind of worry. I understand that the toxins are not destroyed at temps under 240 degrees. Now I did not get sick from breathing and handling the mix. Am I worried for nothing or is there reason for concern? Help much appreciated.