2018 Australian rockmelon listeriosis outbreak
The outbreak was traced to rockmelons grown in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
LocationAustralia, Singapore
DateJanuary–March 2018

The 2018 Australian rockmelon listeriosis outbreak was an outbreak of Listeriosis, caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, later traced to rockmelon (also known as cantaloupe) grown by Rombola Family Farms[1] in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.[citation needed]

The outbreak killed six people and infected a further 16 in Australia and infected two more in Singapore, who had consumed rockmelon imported from Australia.[citation needed]


The NSW Food Authority began investigating a link between an outbreak of Listeriosis and the consumption of rockmelon in January 2018. NSW Health first issued a public warning on 28 February.[2] This prompted the Australian Melon Association to warn consumers to either dispose of, or return the place of purchase, any rockmelons purchased prior to 28 February.[3]

The outbreak was ultimately determined to be due to duststorm conditions in the area. [1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jasper, Clint (11 October 2018). "Rockmelon listeria investigation finds outbreak that killed seven largely caused by dust storms". ABC News. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  2. ^ Dow, Aisha; Clun, Rachel (28 February 2018). "Two people have died in national outbreak of listeria linked to rockmelon supplier". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Australians told to throw out rockmelon after two deaths in listeria outbreak". The Guardian. Sydney. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.