FSSAI’s Guidance Note on the Quality and Safety of Eggs and Dispelling the Myth about Plastic Eggs

Aug 10, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


In recent months, the issue of quality and safety of eggs has been raised several times creating doubts in the minds of consumers and traders alike. In addition, consumers have also shown concern regarding fake or plastic eggs. Plastic eggs or artificial eggs are a myth mainly due to the fact that there is no technology available to produce a plastic/artificial egg that would perfectly resemble a natural egg.

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 Food safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) in this regard has issued a guidance note which seeks to bust the myth about fake/plastic eggs and explain to various stakeholders, what to look for when assessing the freshness of eggs and how best to store them to maintain the quality and ensure safety.

The key takeaways that a consumer should observe are:

·         Consumers need to know that there are no available techniques to make an egg artificially.

·         The way eggs are stored is as important as for how long they are stored. Eggs can lose as much quality in one day at room temperature as in 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

·         Eggs kept at room temperature can maintain their freshness for up to 10 - 12 days after being laid, but the shelf-life reduces with increase in storage temperatures.

·         Consumers should store eggs in refrigerators in designated shelves or inside egg crates.

·         In most cases, eggs that are clean, free of visible defects or cracks and maintained under cooler temperatures will remain fresh for 4 to 5 weeks from the time they are laid.

·         Retailers/traders should source eggs from credible sources and store them in refrigerators.

·         Do not use dirty or cracked eggs. Cracked egg shells are a perfect foil for bacterial infections and the dirty eggs may also contaminate other food stuffs.

·         Appropriate temperature and relative humidity (RH) need to be maintained for storing eggs in the cold store, the lack of which can result in mixing up of the yolk and albumin.

·         Consumers can make use of this guidance note to check the freshness and quality of eggs easily as home with the help of simple tests.

 

The guidance note clarifies the proper way to maintain the freshness of eggs, how to test the eggs for freshness and what are plastic eggs.

[Guidance Note No.: 03/2018]

 

URL: http://www.fssai.gov.in/dam/jcr:6adfa1b8-9d07-494c-8960-c49dadfb0491/Guidance_Note_Plastic_Eggs_08_08_2018.pdf


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