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Tasmanian Salmon Listeria Concern

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 25 March 2019

Tags: Health

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Health spokesperson

Reports from Queensland, raised on ABC radio today, about Tasmanian salmon carrying the potentially fatal listeria bacteria in February this year, are concerning. 

Listeria can be deadly, especially to pregnant women, newborn babies and those with weakened immune systems. Confirmation Tasmanian salmon was detected with listeria at a Queensland factory need to be investigated immediately.

Environmental impacts of salmon farming aside, no consumer should be concerned for their health when purchasing or consuming Tasmanian produce.

It is unclear where the source of the listeria was detected, and where it originated. The Tasmanian Government must investigate and report on this matter urgently.

To prevent consumer concern, and potential health risks, Tasmanian and mainland consumers of farmed salmon should be advised where the listeria was identified, where it came from, and whether any further stocks are at risk.