BfR issues safety advice for melons

| August 15, 2013

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-cantaloupe-image15124088The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has issued advice for consumers to minimise the risk of foodborne infections resulting from consumption of contaminated melons.

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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