Premier says eat up: bananas are safe

QUEENSLAND bananas are safe to eat.

That is the message Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had as she emerged from the ministerial cabinet meeting this afternoon.

The Queensland Government is looking into the Panama disease outbreak in North Queensland and Ms Palaszczuk said Queenslanders could help the situation by purchasing more bananas.

"The issue we're confronting now doesn't have any impact on the bananas themselves, which means consumers should not shy away from them when they're doing their weekly fruit and vege shop," she said.

"Test results on the weekend officially confirmed the presence of the disease on a quarantined farm near Tully.

"Today Cabinet has signed off on the Government's initial response to the Panama outbreak."

This will include boosting Biosecurity Queensland's two command centres at Brisbane and Tully to a 50-member team to try and contain the disease.

Ms Palaszczuk said they would also establish a joint government and industry taskforce to begin the planning work for a medium and long term response to the disease.



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