You have probably heard of fake rice and fake meat. Now there is one more thing to worry about, it is fake eggs.
Report has it that fake eggs are being produced and people are it from the market and eating it without knowing.
In March, a woman in India identified as Anita Kumar, filed a police complaint after she found that the eggs she bought spread out like plastic on pan. She tried burning the egg shells and found they were inflammable.
We gathered that an investigation was ordered and some people were arrested.
Artificial eggs have little or no nutritional value compared with the real egg.
The shells are made of ‘plastic-like materials’, while the egg yolk and egg white are made of sodium alginate, alum, gelatin, calcium chloride (NaCl), water and food color.
According to experts, making fake eggs using chemicals is not a big deal. The fear is that dangerous chemicals such as Benzoic Acid and Mercury may be used to make the yolk. These chemicals can affect the liver and even cause cancer.
While it may be a bit difficult to differentiate between fake and real eggs, these seven can help:
1. The shell of fake eggs are shinier than real ones. Though this is not easily noticeable.
2. When you feel the outer shell of fake eggs, it is a little bit rougher than the real egg. 3. Shake the egg before breaking it. If you hear some noises inside the shell (water overflowing), then it is a fake one.
4. Tap the egg lightly. The sound will be crisper if the egg is real.
5. If the egg is fake, the egg yolk and egg white will mix together as soon as you break it and pour on a pan. This is because they are both made of the same raw materials/chemicals.
6. The real egg has a different smell from the fake ones.
7. Put the shell on fire. If the egg is fake, the shell will catch fire or start melting like plastic.
Below is a video of how fake egg is made.
Some months ago, We alerted people to beware of fake meat. In a 2-minute video, the detailed step-by-step method of how the chemicals are mixed together with water to come up with what looks closely like meat, was shown.
There were also reports that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria. Experts raised the alarm of possible flooding of the Nigerian market with the ‘plastic rice’.