PANAJI: The Congress today alleged that “plastic eggs” are being sold in Goa and demanded action from the government to check the practice, reports PTI.
Raising the issue in the Legislative Assembly, Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco displayed three eggs, which he claimed are made up of “plastic”.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said these eggs would be tested in laboratories, reported PTI.
“I have brought three eggs to show them to you. These are plastic eggs which are being sold in Goa,” he said.
Mr Lourenco said such artificial eggs are harmful to health of Goans and sought action against the people involved in selling them.
The MLA said the department of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has failed to act to check the sell of such eggs.
In his reply, Mr Parrikar said nobody can manufacture plastic eggs.
“I will get the eggs checked in laboratories. We will also send one of the eggs to the Centre (for testing). There cannot be a plastic egg,” Mr Parrikar said, and appealed to the opposition party not to indulge in any speculation over genuineness of the eggs, says the PTI report.
The Congress had last week stalled the House over purported presence of formalin in fish being imported to Goa from other states, says the PTI report.
While the Goa CM has denied the existence or sale of ‘plastic eggs’ in the State, the problem is rampant all over the country, IndiaScoops.com reports. Last year, Kolkata was hit by a mass production and sale of artificial eggs, allegedly made of plastic, (Read Here) which led to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to order an investigation into it. The clampdown by the KMC resulted in a crackdown on unscruplous vendors and wholesalers in Kolkata, but it has now spread to other metros and slums are the worst hit.
In Mumbai, sources claim that out of every 12 eggs sold, about 2 eggs are spurious or artificial or fake.
What are Plastic Eggs?
Plastic or artificial or fake eggs first originated in China about 15 years ago. What started as a party joke, turned out to be a highly profitable business, with the prices of fresh eggs skyrocketing along with the demand, thus enticing unscrupulous manufactures to resort to the trick on a mass scale.
A plastic or artificial or fake egg cost only Rs 50-80 paisa to produce per egg, when produced in bulk, increasing profits for bulk egg dealers by 200 per cent.
Plastic or artificially prepared or spurious eggs have become a major health hazard in India and according to sources, out of every dozen or 12 eggs sold in India at least one is fake.
One can manufacture the ‘plastic egg’ at home using basic chemicals and even for an apprentice, the cost works out to be Rs 1.10 to Rs 1.25 per egg on a small scale.
On a larger scale the cost is around 80 to 90 paisa, while if manufactured on a commercial scale or on a production line, the cost works out to be 40 to 50 paisa per fake egg.
Some unscrupulous elements have started manufacturing these plastic eggs, which are then mixed with the real eggs in connivance with some wholesalers
According to internet sources, here are how the Chinese fake eggs were made:
Prepare a mould, then mix the right amounts of resin, starch, coagulant and pigments to make egg white. Sodium alginate, extracted from brown algae, gives the egg white the wanted viscosity. Then add the fake egg yolk, a different mix of resin and pigments. Once the proper shape is achieved, an amalgamate of paraffin wax, gypsum powder and calcium carbonate makes for a credible shell.
Difference Between Real and Fake Eggs:
Real eggs have a faint smell, he said, which fake eggs lack. Tapping a fake egg makes a hollower sound than a real egg. Once cracked open, egg white and yolk would quickly mix.
Fake eggs first appeared in the mid-’90s and production spread all over China, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported back in 2005.
At the time, the production cost of a fake egg was half of its real equivalent. Today its only one-tenth of the cost of an original egg in China.
With the proper equipment and materials, one person could produce 1,500 fake eggs per day, another Xinhua report quoted a fake-egg producer’s website as saying.