With the arrival of good weather, the watermelon and melon season begins in Spain. Refreshing fruits in the face of high temperatures, but nevertheless they have received a hard setback with a notice from the European health authorities. Specifically, in up to twelve countries have detected cases of salmonella in melons of up to three varieties, for which their withdrawal from the market has been requested.

Cantaloupe, galia and green or honeydew are the three types of melon that are these days in question, after a notice from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, for its acronym in English). In varieties from Costa Rica, Honduras and Brazil, several institutions have already requested their exit from the points of sale while it is recommended not to consume this product whenever there are doubts about its origin.

And it is that up to twelve countries have detected diseases caused by salmonella in recent days. These are the cases of Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, in addition to Canada, where up to 200 cases have been detected, while Spain and the Czech Republic investigate incidents that could also come from the outbreak itself.

With regard to Spain, the two cases under notice occurred on February 28 and April 9, both in two babiesTherefore, it represents a date outside the summer season and when there is more consumption of melons from the three countries mentioned. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is already in charge of monitoring the outbreak in the European Union, while the 200 affected are investigated.

How to prevent salmonellosis?

For this reason, extreme caution has been requested as well as washing the fruit that is at serious risk of contracting salmonella at this time of year. Very common to occur in raw products, this bacterium, in the case of melons, comes through the skin and can then be introduced inside the product.

Enter the fruit in refrigerators, to keep them cold, and wash it for five minutes in drinking water with a drop of bleach, then rinsing it with running water, are two of the tips that food organizations spread the most, seeking to end cases of salmonellosis. An illness that generally causes no more than fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, but that in young and old you may become life-threatening dehydration.

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