Listeria in Melons

The USA FDA have reported a serious outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes related to cantaloupes melons. So for the authorities have reported that 55 people have been affected and there has been 8 deaths related to this outbreak in 15 states.

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The FDA  has identified a farm in Colorado as the likely source of the outbreak and are carrying out an investigation at the farm to identify how it could have happened.

As far as we are aware this has been the first reported case of listeria in melons. There has been reported cases of Salmonella in melons due to the nature of the products been grown in the soil and the potential cross contamination with pathogens in the soil.

Questions will now be asked in how the Listeria monocytongenes contaminated the melons and how were the melons temperature controlled during storage and distribution.

Listeriosis can cause fever and muscle aches which then preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has invasive infection (meaning that the bacteria spread from their intestines to their blood stream or other body sites)

Persons in the high-risk category  would include elderly people, pregnant women, children and persons with weakened immune systems.

About ABurne

Andy Burne has worked in Technical Management for many years in the food industry. Now he is a certified BRC auditor and provides consultancy to the Food Industry.