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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Melons ready to rock as NQ season kicks off

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    Melons ready to rock as NQ season kicks off

    The Queensland rockmelon industry is ready to bounce back, with the fruit becoming available in shops and markets around the state.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner kicked off the north Queensland season at Brisbane Markets this morning, tucking into some delicious Queensland melons for breakfast.

    “It’s terrific to see fresh Queensland rockmelons on the shelf in great numbers,” Mr Furner said.

    “If you are in your local supermarket or fruit and veg shop, pick up a rockmelon.

    “Not only will you be choosing a healthy option for your family, you will be supporting local Queensland farmers.”

    Mr Furner said sales of Queensland rockmelons have been severely impacted by the recent listeria outbreak in New South Wales and local growers need our support.

    “I’m told demand is down 50 per cent and both local sales and exports have been impacted by this incident in the southern states,” Mr Furner said.

    “Our local industry needs the support of consumers who understand this was an isolated incident which has been linked to only one grower.”

    Chairman of the Australian Melon Association Mark Daunt said safety is the main priority for Queensland farmers.

    “There is no ongoing risk of listeriosis from rockmelons now on sale,” Mr Daunt said.

    “The industry has invested in a research project to support rockmelon growers, to ensure their food safety systems are as effective and efficient as possible.

    “We are also working closely with our growers and retailers to ensure consumers understand rockmelons are safe to eat.”

    Contact: Brock Taylor – 0427 018 178