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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Senator warns of dangers of Ice Cream truck chimes

Published 11/06/2014 | 12:51

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'Persistent use of chimes' of ice cream vans represent 'aggressive form of selling'
'Persistent use of chimes' of ice cream vans represent 'aggressive form of selling'

A government politician has called for ice-cream vans to be regulated.

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Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone today warned that the "persistent use of chimes" of ice cream vans represent an "aggressive form of selling".

Ms Noone said she has been contacted by parents who claim ice cream vans visit their estates up to five times per day.

The Dublin senator said she believes the "pester power" of these vans are adding to the issue of child obesity.

Speaking in the Seanad, Ms Noone admitted that her call for regulation will be met with humour.

But she said the impact of these vans on obesity among children is very serious.

"As I talk about it, it does seem frivolous on the face of it. But it relaters to an issue of pester power," Ms Noone said.

"The reality is children are very interested in sugar and very addicted to it in lots of instances. It's not that I'm anti-ice cream but the persistent use of chimes in public streets and in estates is an aggressive form of selling and it wouldn't be countenanced in any other industry."

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

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