Lis­te­ria caused by wet weather

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

A LO­CALISED storm fol­lowed by a num­ber of dust storms over a NSW rock­melon farm are be­lieved to have caused a re­cent out­break of lis­te­ria that killed six peo­ple.

A NSW Food Au­thor­ity in­ves­ti­ga­tion found con­tam­i­na­tion at the farm near Grif­fith, owned by grow­ers of 50 years, the Rom­bola fam­ily, oc­curred due to “ad­verse weather” that in­creased the lev­els of lis­te­ria on the fruit be­fore har­vest.

The bac­te­rial out­break that was iden­ti­fied in mid-Fe­bru­ary af­fected 19 peo­ple and led to the deaths of three in Vic­to­ria and three in NSW.

Lis­te­ria, or Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes, is a hardy bac­te­ria com­monly found in soil, water and veg­e­ta­tion. Heavy rain can splash lis­te­ria from soil on to veg­eta­bles so those that grow on the ground such as mel­ons are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble.

Last week the farm got the nod to sell its fruit again.

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