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The challenge of a food safety culture

Guest industry blog:
Dianne Fullelove, Industry Development Manager, Australian melon industry

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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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US: UA Project tackles challenge of making safer melons

University of Arizona: With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers will develop new disinfectants, grow new breeds of melons, and educate farmers, retailers and consumers on safe melon production practices. The University of Arizona is receiving $610,000 in grant money from the Specialty Crops Research Initiative, or SCRI, a program operated by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to fund a four-year project that aims to develop safer and healthier cantaloupes.

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AU: Salmonella traced to one farm in the Northern Territory

PMA A-NZ: The Australian melon industry welcomes the news that the source of the current Salmonella outbreak has been traced to one farm in the Northern Territory. The farm has commenced a voluntary recall of the fruit.

Consumers can be assured that rockmelons now on the retail shelves are not affected by the recall and are safe to purchase and consume.

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