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Listeria Outbreak in Rockmelons


Attwood Marshall Lawyers has successfully represented clients in the past who have suffered serious and debilitating complications arising from listeria infections. Here we discuss the recent listeria outbreak which has occurred in rockmelons emanating from a southern NSW farm.

At the time of the writing of this article 6 people have died from the listeria outbreak from the affected rockmelons.  Additionally, at the time of the writing of this article 19 people have been affected nationwide by the listeria infection.  A spokesman from NSW Health has indicated that it is still possible that more cases will be linked to the outbreak given that the incubation period for the disease is up to 70 days.  The listeria outbreak was identified on the 19th February 2018.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that contains 7 species.  Listeria is a serious infection which is caused by eating foods contaminated by the bacteria.  Ingestion of the listeria bacteria can result in listeriosis which can have fatal consequences.  People most at risk of developing listeriosis are the elderly, women who are pregnant, those with diabetes or suppressed immune systems.  NSW Health has indicated that up to one third of those who contract the disease suffer fatal consequences.

Persons who have purchased rockmelons infected with listeria should take all steps to preserve proof of purchase of the product including keeping receipts, specifically identifying on the receipt that the rockmelon was purchased.  This evidence may become crucial at a later date to show the source of the infection.

Prosecution of these cases requires expert evidence normally produced by biological scientists and infectious disease specialists trained in the detection and epidemiology of listeriosis.

Anyone wishing to explore their rights to claim damages as a result of a listeria infection should contact Department Manager Kelli Costin on direct line 07 5506 8220, freecall 1800 621 071 or email: for a free initial consultation and discuss our ‘no win no fee’ terms. We have a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in this area of law and practice exclusively in personal injury claims.

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The contents of this article are considered accurate as at the date of publication. The information contained in this article does not constitute legal advice and is of a general nature only. Readers should seek legal advice about their specific circumstances. 

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