There is currently a concern that rockmelon may contain traces of salmonella.
Information from Food Standards Australia New Zealand is currently:
State and territory food enforcement agencies are investigating cases of Salmonella, possibly associated with rockmelon, following an increase in cases in a number of states in Australia.
While we wait for further information, the best advice is that consumers, especially infants, the elderly, pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems, should not consume rockmelon.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infection which is similar to gastroenteritis. Salmonella infection is called Salmonellosis.
Salmonellosis is most severe in children, the elderly and pregnant women. It is also a concern to patients who have a compromised immune system from other medical conditions and treatments.
Patients would usually notice symptoms of salmonella between 6-72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
The most common symptoms would include:
• diarrhoea, which may contain blood or mucous
• stomach cramps
• dehydration, especially among infants and the elderly.
If you have any of the above symptoms please seek advice from your doctor.
How to help avoid Salmonella:
Tips to avoid salmonella and other food related illness include:
• Always washing fresh fruit and vegetables.
• Washing your own hands before preparing food.
• Ensure you have a clean kitchen space and utensils , such as knives, spoons, pots and pans and especially chopping boards.
• Always cook animal products, such as meat, eggs, dairy items very well.
• Ensure foods are stored at the correct temperature, place fresh items in the fridge as soon as you return from the shops.