The state government has announced it will ban tomato seeds from air-frying for two weeks, saying that they are unsafe.
The announcement came after a woman’s case of a severe case of asparagus poisoning sparked nationwide outrage, and sparked calls for the Government to do more to protect consumers.
Key points:A ban on asparagas from airfrying will be announced by the state government tomorrowThe ban comes after the death of a woman who was left in a coma for two daysA woman died after eating a tomato and asparagi in a restaurant air fryER.
The woman had consumed a tomato, asparagine and green vegetables from a restaurant in the early hours of this morning, police said.
“We have to do everything possible to protect the public, including limiting exposure to these foods in the kitchen,” State Health Minister Andrew Barr said in a statement.
“A ban will be imposed on the use of air-fried tomatoes in the next two weeks.”
Mr Barr said he was surprised that there had been so little information about the safety of air fryering.
“In recent years we’ve seen some information that has raised concerns about the risks of airfries, particularly for people with asthma,” he said.
Mr Barr says he was “shocked” by the incident and the lack of information available to the public.
He said he expected the ban would have an immediate impact on the number of air frys being used.
“I’m just not sure if the air fryes will still be used or not in the coming months, but I do know that we’re working to try and reduce the number in the short term,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“But I think it will be a long-term solution to a very serious issue.”
In a separate development, the NSW Department of Health is banning the sale of aspen and other asparaginous vegetables in air-fed fryers.
The bans come after a new report from the University of New South Welsh showed that asparagoa are highly toxic to humans, particularly to children.
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