The safety advice follows a number of food poisoning outbreaks linked to melons, such as the listeriosis outbreak associated with cantaloupes reported in the USA in 2011, which caused 33 deaths. The rough surface of some melon varieties and the low acidity of the fruit can allow the survival and growth of pathogens.
BfR recommends that melons should be consumed quickly after being cut and that any pieces that are not eaten immediately should be stored under refrigeration. Cut melons kept at ambient temperature should not be eaten, especially by the elderly, pregnant women and young children.
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