Worries about listeriosis in Singapore have surfaced after it was found that rockmelons from a listeria-affected source in Australia were sold here...
Worries about listeriosis in Singapore have surfaced after it was found that rockmelons from a listeria-affected source in Australia were sold here.
It was recently reported that 3 people had died and at least 12 others had fallen sick in Australia due to a listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons.
Worries about listeriosis in Singapore
According to Channel NewsAsia, rockmelons from the affected grower in New South Wales, Australia did make their way to Singapore. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has confirmed that they were sold at Sheng Siong supermarket outlets and wet markets, between Feb 12 and Mar 2.
After news of the infection broke out, the remaining unsold affected rockmelons were removed.
The AVA has clarified in a press release, “The recall has been completed. There has been no further import of rockmelons from the affected grower since, and import has been suspended.”
Meanwhile, no chances are being taken and samples of locally sold rockmelons from other sources are also being tested for listeria and bacteria.
AVA advises anyone who suspects that they may have bought the affected rockmelons during that time period not to eat it. In case you do not feel well after consumption of the fruit, please do seek medical attention.
Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early.
It is important to note that symptoms can take up to 6 weeks to appear after eating contaminated produce. Wash fruits thoroughly before consumption to prevent infection.
What exactly is listeriosis
Listeriosis is a bacterial infection caused by eating foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The bacteria is usually found in the environment, such as soil, water, and faeces.
Listeriosis affects mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with weakened immune systems.
In pregnant women, the infection can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth. If you are pregnant and get listeriosis, antibiotics can often prevent infection of the foetus or newborn.
Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy.
Foods that can pose a risk of listeriosis include pre-cut melons, cold salads, raw seafood and smoked salmon, unpasteurised milk products, sprouted seeds and raw mushrooms.