In the past few months, many people have raised their concern over the issue of quality of the eggs in the market. Moreover, people have also shared concerns regarding the presence of fake or plastic eggs.
People from different parts of the country have written to the Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI) about the presence of plastic eggs in the market. The FSSAI has issued a guidance note recently, which dispels the myth about plastic eggs.
In the recently issued guidance note, the FSSAI mentions that ‘plastic eggs or artificial eggs are a myth mainly due to the fact that there is no technology available to produce plastic or artificial egg that would perfectly resemble a natural egg.’
It further mentions that ‘consumers need to remember that the quality and appearance of the egg mostly depend on the way they are stored and for how long they are stored. Egg quality is best maintained when they are stored in cold temperatures preferably inside refrigerators and consumed within a period of 2 to 3 days. When kept in room temperature, several changes take place in an egg that brings about differences in the smell, texture, and appearance of the egg.’
The FSSAI has also published the other myths about the quality of the eggs:
Q. Are plastic or fake egg for real?
A. No. It is a myth, mainly due to the economics involved in preparing a plastic or artificial egg, and the inability for anybody to make composition similar to the natural egg.
Q. Do bad or rotten eggs always smell bad?
Q. Do dirt or chicken shit on eggs indicate that eggs are organic and natural
Q. If eggs are dirty, wash them to remove the dirt
Q. Eggs remain fresh if stored at room temperature and need to be refrigerated
Q. Egg is the better source of mineral, protein, and vitamin than milk, and, hence consumption of raw egg by someone who is sick will give them protein and minerals
Q. An egg should never be given in the raw form to anyone who is seriously ill. Uncooked eggs are a better source of protein and nutrients