Malaysia halts imports of rockmelons from Australia

CYBERJAYA: Malaysia has temporarily halted the imports of rockmelons from Australia, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Media reports say so far, four persons have died in Sydney while many were facing health problems in Australia after consuming contaminated rockmelons.

The rockmelons were reportedly contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, said the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister.

Ahmad Shabery said the action to halt imports of rockmelons were taken due to concerns over contamination from that country.

"The entry of rockmelons from Australia will be halted until the situation improves," he told reporters after presenting his ministry's Excellent Service Award 2017 here Friday (March 9).

Commenting on the matter, he said local rockmelons were plentiful and safe to consume.

The Listeriosis bacteria can cause fever, muscle aches, nausea as well as diarrhea and death. - Bernama


Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Covid-19: New cases in Sabah jump to 712, over half from close contact screenings
Perak MCA: Google Form link to apply for food basket aid is genuine but currently suspended
Covid-19: Close contacts told not to deliver items to patients at MAEPS quarantine centre
Covid-19: 15,902 new cases, Selangor the highest with 7,351
Anwar's motion rejected because it was submitted too early, says Speaker
Covid-19: Sufficient vaccine supply needed to implement walk-in vaccinations, says Perak MB
Pahang govt offers house for eight siblings whose parents died of Covid-19
Selayang Hospital to be full Covid-19 facility, can provide up to 450 beds
Victims regard storm in Tanjung Sedili a 'small tsunami'
Two to four years extension not sufficient for specialising contract doctors, says SUPP

Stories You'll Enjoy