The AMA has tried to reassure the public that the melons are safe to eat © 123RF
The AMA has tried to reassure the public that the melons are safe to eat © 123RF

Melon industry suffers 90% sales drop after listeria outbreak

12 March 2018

Australians have been urged to keep buying melons as the industry struggles with the impact of a recent listeria outbreak linked to a grower in New South Wales.

Late last month, four elderly people in the state died and 17 others were made sick after eating rockmelons containing listeria – a type of bacterium that infects humans and animals through contaminated food.

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