May 12, 2020 2:24 pm

Food Safety Deptt Junks ‘Plastic Egg’ Rumours

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Srinagar: Food safety department Kashmir Tuesday responded to rumours which claim the existence of “plastic eggs”, saying that the information is false.

There were reports on social media that police has sealed egg shop at Bohri Kadal in Srinagar after they found plastic yolks inside eggs.

Responding to the inaccurate information, the Food Safety Department asks people to not pay heed to rumours of plastic eggs. “Plastic eggs, plastic rice, Injected watermelon, steroid fed/injected chicken etc. These videos are prepared with ulterior motive. Sample reports received from lab of such commodities are testimony to this fact,” Assistant Food Commissioner, Hilal Ahmad Mir told a local news agency.

The rumours, which came into  circulation on social media feeds, has been hurting the poultry industry as it detests people from consuming eggs.

Mir said that it is impossible to qualify a plastic egg as a natural egg. He appealed to the residents to eat eggs as it is the cheapest source of protein for everyone.

“The structure of an egg is complex and when a person breaks the shell, they can easily remove the shell membrane which looks like plastic, but it is not plastic. If the egg is stale, then the membrane is thicker and looks like plastic, but be assured that it is not plastic as it is not possible to make eggs from plastic,” said Mir.

He said they have been receiving a lot of complaints about plastic eggs. “The same issue had occurred few years ago and we had collected a lot of samples, but we could not find evidence of even a single plastic egg. It is wrong to misguide the people and agencies. There are no plastic eggs in the market” he maintained.

He said this time they have also lifted samples for testing.

He said many people are involved in the egg business and the rumours of plastic egg circulating on social media, has a direct impact on them.

The official also appealed to the police that while taking action against egg traders, they should think about the rumours. (KINS)


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