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Govt orders ‘plastic egg’ probe

Govt orders ‘plastic egg’ probe

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Friday ordered an inquiry into the alleged sale of  ‘plastic’ eggs in markets in Bhubaneswar after it was reported that such a commodity is being marketed.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Pradip Amat has directed the State Food Safety Commissioner to collect samples of the ‘plastic’ eggs and get those tested to unearth the truth. He also asked the Food Safety Commissioner to collect samples of eggs available in the market and get those tested for quality.

The Commissioner of Food Safety, RP Singh has directed to all the food safety officers and designated health officers of all the districts across the State to keep a close watch on the matter, conduct check and send samples of any suspicious quality eggs immediately to State Public Health Laboratory Bhubaneswar for its quality testing as per Food Safety & Standards Act and Rules on an urgent basis.

Reports about plastic eggs being sold have surfaced in various parts of the country. For the first time, it was reported in Kerala in 2016 and then in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. It was reported that the plastic eggs were rubbery and hard to crack.

However, it may be noted that there are some ways by which one can recognize the plastic egg from the real one in the following ways;

  • After cracking the fake egg, the white and yolk will mix together quickly.
  • Fake eggs have slightly shinier shells than real ones.
  • The shells of the fake eggs feel slightly rougher.
  • You will hear sloshing sounds when you shake a fake egg as liquid will flow from the solid agent.
  • Real eggs smell like raw meat.
  • Tapping a real egg lightly will generate a crisp sound when compared to a fake egg.
  • When frying a fake egg, the yolk will spread without being touched.

It may be noted that fake egg shells are reportedly made of calcium carbonate, paraffin wax and gypsum powder.

The counterfeit egg yolk and white are said to be made of sodium alginate, alum, gelatin, edible calcium chloride, benzoic acid, water and food colouring.

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