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Trade recall of rockmelons linked to Listeria

March 1, 2018
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Trade recall of rockmelons linked to Listeria
Date: 28/02/2018

​Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is coordinating a trade recall of whole rockmelons following a spike in Listeria cases linked to rockmelons.

Eating foods that contain Listeria bacteria does not cause illness in most people, but in high risk groups it can result in severe illness and even death. High risk groups include infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

The NSW Food Authority is working with the grower and has advised that affected rockmelons are being removed from the supply chain, so consumers can be assured that fruit currently available on shelves are not implicated in this outbreak.

As a precaution, consumers – particularly in high risk groups are advised to throw away any rockmelons already in their home.

If you are feeling unwell and suspect you have consumed the affected product, please seek medical attention.

All states and territories are working together to investigate the outbreak and to date they have identified ten cases in elderly patients in NSW (six), Victoria (one) and Queensland (three) with onset of illness notification dates between 17 January and 9 February 2018. All 10 cases consumed rockmelon prior to their illness.

The outbreak has been linked to a grower in Nericon NSW. The company voluntarily ceased production on Friday 23 February 2018, shortly after being notified of a potential link to illness and is working proactively with the Authority to further investigate how any contamination could have occurred in order to get back into production as soon as possible.

Click here to be directed to the FSANZ recall site

NSW Food Authority Media Release