The Queensland Government has announced a crackdown on royal fig vendors after complaints of high prices.
Key points:The Queensland Government says it will ban vendors from serving royal figs on its menus.
Its proposed regulations will make it illegal to offer Royal Fruits and Vegetables to minorsUnder the proposals, vendors will be required to be at least 21 years oldThe Queensland government has announced it will introduce a new law to outlaw vendors from offering Royal Fours and Royal Figs to children under the age of 21.
“It’s about making sure that it’s just a little bit more of a conscious and a little more of an informed choice,” Health Minister Tony Burke said.
“We’re saying to the retail sector, don’t be selling to kids and we’re saying you can’t sell them any of these products.”
Under the proposed regulations, vendors would have to be 21 years of age or older to serve Royal Forts, Royal Farts, Royal Fruities and Royal Vegetables on Queensland menus.
“What we’re trying to do is really, in the context of a much larger and much broader debate around the health implications of this type of food, I think it’s important to have a very clear distinction made,” Mr Burke said, adding the new laws would make it legal to offer a Royal Fruit or a Royal Fruit and Vegetable to anyone under the ages of 21, but they would require the vendor to be a Queenslander at least one year older than the buyer.
“I think that is really important to really set out that the focus is on protecting our kids and our children’s health and wellbeing and the focus will be on our young people.”
Mr Burke said he was confident in the government’s ability to make the new rules work.
“If we are able to work through some of the issues that we’ve encountered in this process, it is something that we will be able to get through and we will pass the legislation through the Senate,” he said.’
A good, responsible business’Mr Burke was adamant that the rules were not about protecting minors.
“To say it is going to make it less accessible to young people is simply not true.
We know that many young people who are eating these products are actually eating very unhealthy food,” he told ABC Brisbane.”
They’re going to go on to have more and more health issues and it is a good, sensible business model.”
The Government is seeking public feedback on its proposed regulations before it makes them law.
It will then decide if they will be passed before the end of the year.
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