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AU: Frozen vegetables recall over fears of potential contamination not expected to generate consumer backlash

NSW Country Hour: Simplot, the largest Australian manufacturer of frozen vegetables, is confident consumers here will not be put off buying the local product in the wake of the recall of imported frozen vegetables announced on Monday.

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AU: Consumer alert: frozen vegetable product recalls

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: FSANZ today [9/07/2018] warned vulnerable people to check their freezers for recalled frozen vegetable products that are possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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HU: Company stops production at frozen vegetable, fruit facility

Joe Whitworth / Food Safety News: Production is on hold at the Hungarian plant of the company linked to a deadly outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes from frozen vegetables in five European countries.

A spokesperson for Greenyard, a producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables, told Food Safety News that the company is awaiting more data, information and analysis from the local authorities and EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority). The company is looking into alternative sourcing possibilities to supply customers.

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AU: Melon industry aims to win back consumers in six steps

Great Lakes Advocate: The melon industry is looking to win back consumers through a six stage process after a Listeriosis outbreak earlier this year. Together with Hort Innovation,  the industry launched a six-pronged initiative to combat foodborne illness risks and support the sustainability of the melon industry.

Read the full article at the Great Lakes Advocate website

AU: Rockmelon Listeria outbreak: New control measures to be set up on rockmelon farms

ABC NSW Country Hour: The rockmelon industry has moved to combat foodborne illness risks on farms and to support the sustainability of the industry in the wake of the deaths of six people after a listeria outbreak on a New South Wales farm earlier this year.

Under the plan, all rockmelon farms in Australia will be inspected and work will be undertaken on each individual farm to ensure that the highest standards are implemented and maintained.

Read the full article at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website

AU: Rockmelon Listeriosis investigation summary

NSW Food Authority: How did this outbreak happen? The investigation found that the contamination is likely to have occurred due to adverse weather (localised storm over the farm and subsequent dust storms during the season) increasing the levels of Listeria on the fruit prior to harvest. On this occasion and despite following industry best practice, the washing and sanitising at Rombola Family Farms was not able to remove all the trapped bacteria from the rockmelon surfaces, resulting in a low level of Listeria being present.

Read the full summary at the NSW Food Authority website

AU: Melon Industry welcomes positive response from consumers

FreshPlaza: Australian melon growers are buoyed by support from retailers, consumers and export markets.

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US: FDA Finds hazards lurking in parsley, cilantro, guacamole

National Public Radio: Last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started looking for dangerous bacteria in a few of America’s most beloved fresh foods: parsley, cilantro, basil, and prepared guacamole. The very freshness of these foods carries a risk. Since they aren’t normally cooked, they may harbor nasty bugs like Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

 Read the full article at the National Public Radio website

US: European listeriosis outbreak blamed on frozen corn: 6 dead

Food Safety News: Week-old speculation about frozen corn being responsible for a three-year listeriosis outbreak in Europe, which has had an 18.75 percent fatality rate, is probably correct.

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AU: Listeria outbreak: Sixth person dies in NSW

ABC News: A woman in her nineties from New South Wales has become the sixth person to die from a Listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelon.

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