Due to a recent Salmonella outbreak, the European Commission has tightened the rules around imports of Galia melons from Honduras. Official controls are to be increased with identity and physical checks on 10 percent of consignments entering the EU beginning January 6.
A multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup that affected more than 350 people was traced to Galia melons from Honduras. Four people were sick in the United States and two in Canada. The UK was the most affected but ill people were also from Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg and Norway.
A sample of Salmonella Braenderup that matched the outbreak strain was found on the surface of a washing tank in one of the Honduran facilities where Galia melons were packed.