Whew! Slow down and chill out folks. I only asked a "question". I didn't drop a bomb on your homestead.. Sheesh!
Thanks everyone for your replies and input.
I think there is a lot of misunderstanding going here.
Some of you may have just just skimmed my posts, and then replied in a non-productive way.
However, there are some well thought out, and helpful posts in these replies too.
I appreciate those much more, than the ones implying I am an idiot, promoting the ignoring of safety guidelines, nor following them myself.
I don't recall in either my 1st post, or my second post in #24, where I was giving the impression that no one needs to follow safety practices. Those attacking, instead of informing, should be ashamed. What would your mother say if you attacked one of her friends the same way, IN PERSON, who asked what you considered a stupid question?
Now back to topic. My question was why so much emphasis put on botulism safety over all others. There are other bug-a-boos in meat that can make us sick and even die from too.
I think the chance of getting food poisoning from them is much more prevalent, than botulism.
Now, maybe the answer to my question MAY BE, that if you follow the guidelines for botulism prevention, you also can prevent the other nasty bugs from invading your intestines. I don't know if that is true or not, but my guess is, it is for the most part.
But no one ever says that. It's always botulism. It makes it seem like bot is running rampant in the country. It isn't. The other bugs are.
The govt safety guideline have an ample leeway built into them to make sure that that even if someone screws up a little bit here or there, they are covered.
So I don't feel that if we miss 40 to 140 by 15 or 20 minutes, we will die from eating it. Or if our food is 2* below guidelines. I am NOT saying ignore safe practices. Just that if you miss a time or temp by just a little bit, you chances are still very slim of getting sick from botulism.
I used to drive semi all over the country, and I know first hand about food poisoning. I've had it several times. Always from restaurants, but never at home in my life of 69 years.
3 of those were very severe to the point I had to have someone else come and take my load on to it's destination. 2 of those caused me to come home and have my wife help me scrub and bleach sanitize my entire truck. I washed all the bed clothes and even all my clothes that hadn't been worn yet. And one case caused me to miss 4 weeks of work. I could not eat or drink anything. I lost over 25 lbs. in 3 weeks. I became very dehydrated and actually thought I was going to die one night. I sat in my chair debating whether or not it would be easier on my wife to find me dead in the chair, or in bed with her. I opted for the chair. Thankfully it didn't happen, but I thought it was going to my last night in this life.
So don't consider me stupid enough to just ignore guidelines for the sake of saying I've done it. I try at all times to follow well within the guidelines, but sometimes it happens that I fall short a bit. I don't fret about it. Now, if I fall way out of guidelines, then I toss it with no remorse. I've done that more than once.