We have come across many fake items in the market. But fake eggs?
Yes. The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has warned consumers to be wary of the existence of fake eggs being sold in the market.
These eggs have an unusual shape and when cooked do not smell or taste like real ones.
A 50-year-old housewife, who wished to be known only as Loh, said she bought the eggs at the Pulau Tikus market here recently at RM11 for a tray of 30 eggs.
She only suspected that they were fake after she overheard a caller complaining about fake eggs over a radio programme.
Loh later took the eggs to the CAP office to lodge a complaint.
CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris said upon examination it was found that the eggs were unusually large and when broken there was no sign of chalazae (opaque ropes of egg white which holds the egg yolk in the centre of the shell).
The eggs were also devoid of any smell associated with real eggs.
Idris said there had been reports of fake eggs sold in China and added that the fake eggs were made of chemicals.
He said they were made of calcium carbonate while the egg yolk and egg white were made of sodium alginate, alum, gelatin, benzoic acid, calcium chloride, water and colouring.
"The egg yolk is made by adding lemon yellow food colouring to the mixture. Calcium chloride is added to the egg mixture into the mold to produce the egg membrane.
"The egg shell is made of paraffin wax, gypsum powder, calcium carbonate and other materials. These substances are generally food additives but in the making of artificial eggs they have become the major components."
He urged the authorities to conduct an immediate investigation into this issue.
"Furthermore, fake eggs may contain gelatin, which is haram to Muslims."