Kids below age 6 do not yet have the resistance for Clostridium botulinum—a group of bacteria that can cause muscular paralysis. Honey provides a good growth medium for this type of bacteria, and some fatal cases have been seen in the past.
The risks are not much for adults though, so you can still enjoy your honey. Be sure to buy your honey fresh, and don’t store it for too long.
Sunil Sazawal, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor, department of international health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.
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