Artificial Chinese eggs found at hypermarkets in Kerala.
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Various stories and pictures doing rounds on social media sites in early October 2016 warn consumers that artificial Chinese Eggs made of Plastic have been found in some stores and super markets in Indian state of Kerala. So let us analyze the authenticity of those claims, whether or not they are facts.
Fake Eggs Claims in Kerala
In various places of Kerala like Idukki district, Kochi and Ernakulam, some people have reported to have found that eggs bought from stores and super markets did not appear normal, that they were of unusual texture, smelt bad and tasted different. Some consumers even alleged that the shells of the eggs were hard to crack and that an inner membrane was made of plastic. People thought the eggs are artificial Chinese eggs made of plastic. Because of these findings and the local reports of the same, many people in Kerala panicked over “Chinese eggs”.
As the concerns over alleged artificial Chinese eggs grew, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja confirmed that no such official complaint was recorded, but ordered an investigation into the matter based on media reports. The meat technology unit and the department of livestock product technology under the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University in Mannuthy have tested and validated that rumours about Chinese eggs were merely Chinese whispers. After few days of panic among consumers in Kerala, the laboratory tests on 15 October 2016 confirmed that the eggs in question were real ones, and very old ones that are probably just rotten. According to the sources, there could be several reasons for the suspected changes in the eggs. The officials mentioned one of the cases where the eggs were frozen in the production plants in Namakkal before they were transported to the state in large trucks. They said that sometimes the eggs were stored for more than desirable time, which could have led them to rot.
So the claims that artificial Chinese eggs made of plastic have been found in some places of Kerala are hoaxes. The concerns were raised because in the past there were in fact fake eggs made of plastic in China. In the article, you can also read how to differentiate Fake Eggs.
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