In brief: Recent Listeria incident in rockmelons from NSW farm

Figure 13. Sliced rockmelon fruit

Figure 13. Sliced rockmelon fruit

There has been a great deal of public concern following the contamination of rockmelons from a farm in New South Wales with Listeria (bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes).

The NSW food authority is advising vulnerable and at-risk consumers to avoid rockmelon and the farm in question has recalled their fruit. As a result of the outbreak, there has been a significant decline reported in the sale of melons in general. Melons Australia have a page on their website addressing many of the concerns from growers and the general public. They are updating details frequently including potential grower meetings.

There is an NT Farmers meeting on Wednesday 11 April at Katherine Research Station where the issue will be discussed. For more information and to stay up to date on the industry response, visit the Australian Melon Association website, or contact Dianne Fullelove from the Australian Melon Association.

E: idp@melonsaustralia.org.au ph:0413 101 646 or visit the NT Farmers website.

Last updated: 11 April 2018