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Vietnam: Imported eggs sold as 'local'

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will start to regularly check imported eggs sold in the local market following reports that thousands of imported eggs had been falsely sold as eggs from local chickens.

Reports state that imported eggs with a brown shell are soaked in a toxic bleach in Dong Hoi Commune in Dong Anh District to make them white, according to Ha Noi Department of Health’s chief inspector Nguyen Viet Cuong.
White home-bred eggs are often considered more nutritious than those bred by large farms, states Viet Nam News.

"We will make sure that products without clear origins or animal quarantine certificates will be seized and destroyed to assure consumers’ health," Cuong said.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department Deputy director Hoang Van Nam said yesterday that the department would conduct a test to find out how toxic chemicals affect the quality of eggs.

"The results will be announced to avoid false reports that could harm farmers," Nam said.

Source: Viet Nam News

Natalie Berkhout

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