Eggs are one of the most nutritious food items. They are a rich source of protein while being comparatively cheaper to other protein sources like dairy, white meat, red meat and even vegetarian sources of protein like pulses and soy. Due to their cost-effectiveness and easy availability eggs are found in most India kitchens. But, a few months back people across India cried foul over counterfeit eggs sold to them in local markets. It was discovered that entire supply chains had been planted with thousands of counterfeit eggs -claimed to be developed artificially in China. The news of fake eggs spread like wildfire and went viral on social media leading to a drop down in consumption of eggs badly affecting the poultry market.
According to sources fake eggs manufactured in China have flooded markets in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Thailand. Most of the affected consumers have reported plastic-like qualities in fake eggs. According to reports, fake egg shells are composed of gypsum powder, paraffin wax and calcium carbonate while egg white and yolk are made of sodium alginate, gelatin, alum, benzoic acid, edible calcium chloride and artificial food colours. Isn’t this scary?
Health experts have claimed that consumption of fake eggs can result to serious health issues like brain and nerve cell damage, metabolic ailments, live diseases and negative impact on blood production. This is due to the presence of toxic chemicals used in developing counterfeit eggs. The sale of fake eggs in India came to light when it was reported to the consumer affairs department and civic bodies. However, little has been done to tackle the menace of duplicate eggs and they are still available in the local markets across the country.
Anti-counterfeiting experts have suggested some hacks to distinguish between fake and real eggs. This will help consumers from being duped and save them from many health issues. Here are they:
- The egg white and yellow coloured yolk of a fake egg quickly mixes together unlike the real ones.
- Duplicate eggs are slightly harder, shinier with coarse shells compared to the real ones.
- One can easily notice a rubbery lining inside the shell of a fake egg.
- On shaking a fake egg, you will hear sloshing sound because of the flow of liquid from the solid agent, whereas in real eggs there is no sound.
- Counterfeit eggs do not smell at all, whereas real eggs smell like raw meat.
- Cracking a counterfeit egg will generate no sound, whereas real egg generates sound.
- Fake eggs do not attract flies and insects, on the contrary, real eggs attract them.
As of now, there is no use of anti-duplication solution by poultry industry in India. Currently, it’s being used in many western countries. In coming times there could be possible use of anti-counterfeiting solution in many untapped sectors which may include the poultry sector as well and wither away the possible intrusion of ‘Chinese Eggs’.