Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism has been caused by such foods as canned chili, corn, peppers, and beets, as well as by canned meat products with a high pH.
Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) is a potentially life-threatening bacterium that produces powerful neurotoxins.
Also referred to as onabotulinum toxin A, BOTOX Cosmetic is a purified protein and neurotoxin complex that, when injected directly into the muscle, will cause relaxation. Produced in a controlled laboratory setting from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, BOTOX Cosmetic works by blocking the chemical signal that allows for nerve impulses to be sent to the muscle and cause movement.