Ord Valley melon growers have moved to assure consumers that their fruit is safe to eat in the wake of salmonella being detected in melons from a Northern Territory farm.
Source Rourke Walsh – The Kimberley Echo August 11th 2016
Bothkamp Australia Farms grower Christian Bloecker said the scare had already had a large effect on his rockmelon sales, as people across the country remained unsure whether the fruit they had purchased was safe to eat.
â€œAs a grower, the past 10 days have been tough not knowing where the salmonella had come from and that potentially it could have been our fruit that was making people sick,â€ he said.
â€œWe were fairly sure it wasnâ€™t our melons as myself, the supervisors and the pickers have been eating them every day, but we couldnâ€™t be 100 per cent sure.
â€œThankfully, our melons have been tested and, as far as we know, have come back negative for salmonella.â€
In a statement, the Australian Melon Association said all rockmelons from the affected farm had been removed from supermarkets nationwide.
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