"The vast majority of growers are doing the right thing," Sales and Marketing Director, Dane Capogreco said. "One grower has done the wrong thing and the rest of us are paying the price."
"It's very concerning that the grower responsible hasn't come forward to take action," Mr Capogreco said. "He knew that he had it, and has destroyed the industry. I don't believe it's spreadable but it probably happened through the way he handled or washed the fruit post harvest."
Mr Capogreco says that interest in the Australian fruit was high before the outbreak became public, with sales grinding to a halt, and rockmelons being pulled from the shelves.
"It (previously) was very good - Australia had a good name," he said. "We have a clean, green product. We can't compete on price alone, but we sell on trust because of our name. Now one guy has set us back a long way."
He added that his company's test results are on their website. He hopes that the industry can help spread the word to continue supporting and buying Australian melons.
"I just want to reassure the world that it was one grower that has done the wrong thing," Mr Capogreco said. “We just need to get out there and promote it.”
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