PREGNANT women, infants and the elderly are being warned not to eat rockmelon after fears of a possible salmonella outbreak.

Food Standards Australia said state and territory authorities were investigating cases of salmonella possibly associated with the fruit following an increase in infections.

“While we wait for further information, the best advice is that consumers, especially infants, the elderly, pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems, should not consume rockmelon,” it said in a statement.

“FSANZ will continue to work with the state and territory enforcement agencies and the Federal Department of Health and update its advice to consumers.”

Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Usually, symptoms last 4-7 days and most people get better without treatment. But, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in older adults, infants, and persons with chronic diseases. Salmonella is killed by cooking and pasteurization.

Incubation Period: 12-72 hours
Symptoms: Diarrhoea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting
Duration of Illness: 4-7 days
What Do I Do? Drink plenty of fluids and get rest. If you cannot drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration or if your symptoms are severe, call your doctor. Antibiotics may be necessary if the infection spreads from the intestines to the blood stream.

How does it happen?

Food Safety Information Council explains in Australia salmonellosis tends to be more prevalent in the warmer, northern parts of the country and eating food that has been kept in the temperature danger zone for too long allowing the bacteria to grow is often the cause of the illness.

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  • Amazing that this can happen to fruit.


  • hmm will remember this. Is the information still current?


  • Say what?! I just polished off half a rockmelon in just the last couple of days and it was delicious. With strawberries, grapes and plain yoghurt


  • This is a real worry, thanks for the update.


  • This is a bit scary to think you could get ill from eating rockmelon. I think I’ll just go without for a while.


  • Bit scary. I’ll definitely just avoid it.


  • Better to avoid thus. I’ll do that. Thank you!


  • And only last week I was excited to see rockmelon on the shelf. I didn’t purchase though as I felt it might be a bit early to be at its best. I agree too, all people should just avoid eating it at the moment to be safe.


  • All people should not be eating the rockmelon. I hope they find the exact source of this, whether it is one particular garden or the cold storage facility.


  • Oh! This is scary! Is this a warning for all States and Territories in Australia?


  • I didn’t know you could get salmonella from fruit!


  • Thanks for the article,best to avoid it!


  • That’s very surprising. I never would have thought that possible


  • Rock melon and Salmonella ??!! Never heard of that one ! I better watch out as we eat Rock melons every week !


  • Never thought a fresh fruit like this with a good thick skin could be a cause of salmonella. When you are travelling overseas it is suggested you only eat fruits with a skin on them that you peel. Of course you wouldn’t eat one pre-peeled for you. I will watchout for this with interest.


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