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Rockmelon linked to salmonella being removed from distribution

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), in consultation with state and territory food regulators, is coordinating a trade recall of whole rockmelons from Red Dirt, a rockmelon grower in the Northern Territory.

The relevant state enforcement agency is working with the company to ensure implicated product is removed from distribution. This follows some rockmelons from Red Dirt testing positive for Salmonella in samples tested in South Australia. 

Consumers are advised to discard any rockmelon in their home, particularly if it is intended for infants, the elderly, pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems.

Background

State and territory health and food enforcement agencies are investigating cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss infection, a relatively uncommon strain, following an increase in cases in a number of states in Australia.

From the 14th of June, when the increase began, to the 2nd of August, 86 cases have been reported nationally (43 in NSW, 18 in SA, 9 in WA, 8 in Queensland, 6 in Victoria and 2 in the ACT).

Those mainly affected include children under the age of 5 years and the elderly. There have been no deaths reported. 

For further information on how to handle rockmelon carefully check out the  NSW Food Authority media release 3 August 2016

To read more: 3 August 2016