No cantaloupe in Vietnam has been found contaminated with listeria, affirmed Nguyen Cong Khan, Head of the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA).
He said the VFA will continue analysing and monitoring the bacterium as well as updating local people with the latest information as many are still worried about this issue after hearing that a number of Americans have died of eating cantaloupes carrying listeria.
The agency has coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other sectors to warn local people and take strict measures to control the import of food, he added.
According to the US Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeria infection or listeriosis is a serious problem usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects old people, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weak immune systems.
The risk of infection may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage, it said.
By September 29, listeria had infected 72 people in the US, killing 13 of them, the CDC said. Source: VOV