3 Aug 2016
ACS Member Alert: LINK BETWEEN ROCKMELON AND SALMONELLA
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) yesterday announced a possible link between rockmelon and an increase in cases of salmonella in a number of states and territories.
As a precaution, FSANZ has advised that rockmelon should be avoided by consumers – especially the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, infants and pregnant women.
The FSANZ statement can be found here: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/Pages/Investigation-into-Salmonella-possibly-linked-to-rockmelon.aspx
The NSW Food Authority has a guide to safe handling of rockmelons available here: http://foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/foodsafetyandyou/special-care-foods/rockmelons
ACS has developed a notice that can be used to inform your residents and staff of the issue, as laid out below:
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand advises against consumption of rockmelon during investigation
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a warning that rockmelons may be linked to cases of salmonella in a number of states. While this is not a final result, FSANZ has advised against consumption of rockmelons until the investigation is complete.
To ensure we continue to provide a safe home for our residents, and a safe working environment for our staff, we will ensure rockmelon is not included in our food until we are advised the risk is past. To support our aim of keeping residents and staff safe, we also ask that rockmelon not be brought onto the premises until the FSANZ is confident there is no risk of salmonella.
Perhaps most importantly, this is a preventive step – salmonella has NOT been detected in our facility; residents and staff are NOT at risk.