6 Jan 2023
A paper has been released in the Journal of Food Protection, Jan 2023, relating to the 2021 outbreak linked to melon consumption in the UK.
Highlights of the paper include:
Outbreaks linked to items of non-animal origin are challenging to investigate.
Imported Galia and watermelon caused outbreaks of GI disease in the UK in 2021.
Integrating sequencing data with import/export data facilitates hypothesis generation.
Options for removing pathogens from the flesh of ready-to-eat fruit are limited.
Preharvest safety measures include good practice on farm and during distribution.