Caution to punish selling local egg replica

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Imphal: State Food Safety department, Imphal East on Wednesday recovered dyed eggs which replicate local eggs from Tribal market, Imphal East.

Those involved in such mischievous business will be punished under Food Safety Standard Act, 2006 said designated officer, food safety administration, Tekcham Brojendro Khaba Meitei told reporters here on Wednesday.

Brojendro said three dozens of dyed eggs were recovered by officials of food safety from Tribal market, Imphal East. Eggs imported in the state cost about Rs 20 per three eggs whereas one can get local eggs 6-7 eggs at Rs 100. To get more profit some individuals dye imp2rted eggs to replicate local eggs and are sold at the rate of local eggs in markets, he added.

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Some egg lovers prefer local eggs as it has more nutritive values compared to farm eggs. And to dye eggs some local sellers might used chemical to dye the farm eggs to make it looks like local eggs. Consuming such eggs could cause health hazard, he added.

Borjendro said egg consumers need to be cautious while buying local eggs. To identify local eggs the consumer needs to carry some spirit or lemon while going at market in order to buy local eggs. The dye eggs decoloured when it is rubbed with a cotton soaked in spirit or with lemon juice, said Brojendro.

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He appealed the egg traders to maintain temperature while preserving eggs as eggs are normally spoiled in 31 days if the temperature in not properly maintained.

Brojendro warned, “If any individual found selling dyed eggs will be punished under food safety standard Act, 2006.”

During the press conference officials of food safety demonstrated how to identify dyed eggs and genuine local eggs with simple spirit and lemon test.

State health director, K Rajo also attend the conference.

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