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NSW man killed in farm ute accident

By Country News

NSW man killed in farm ute accident

A 74-year-old man has been found dead next to his ute on a farm in the NSW Riverina.

He was found with serious injuries next to the car on a private property on Vincents Rd at The Rock about 5.30pm on Tuesday, July 23.

NSW Police believe the man was injured while trying to stop the ute from rolling down a hill.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Listeria deaths linked to smoked salmon

Two elderly people in NSW and Victoria have died after contracting listeriosis believed to be linked to smoked salmon from Tasmania.

The Federal Health Department is also investigating a non-fatal Queensland case of the infection, which is caused by listeria bacteria.

Smoked salmon was the likely cause of the three cases, which occurred between February and June in people aged over 70, the department said last Wednesday.

The pair who died also had ‘‘significant underlying health conditions’’.

Tasmania’s Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett said salmon products from the state were linked to the listeria cases.

The state’s three biggest salmon producers — Tassal, Huon Aquaculture and Petuna — have been cleared of any food safety breaches after an investigation by the primary industries department.

‘‘The three major producers all have appropriate food safety programs in place specific to the seafood industry. This includes listeria management,’’ department chief inspector of primary produce safety Chris Lyall said.

Several people died in NSW and Victoria last year after an outbreak of listeria in rockmelons.