Food Standards (ANZ) yesterday warned of an increase in salmonella cases across Australia and the likelihood that the outbreak was related to the consumption of rockmelon. Now comes news that SA Health have located a source of the outbreak.
Following positive test results, SA Health has confirmed the presence of salmonella in rockmelons supplied by NT grower Red Dirt. In conjunction with the NT health agency and the NSW Food Authority, Red Dirt will now begin a trade recall of all affected rockmelons.
The affected rockmelons are not confined to one particular state or territory, and the NSW Food Authority advises consumers not to eat rockmelon if they are unsure of its origin. The risk of salmonella is particularly high for the young, the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.
For further information on rockmelons and the risk of food poisoning, check out the NSW Food Authority.