Published: Thursday April 7, 2011 MYT 12:23:00 PM
Updated: Thursday April 7, 2011 MYT 7:15:09 PM
'Fake' eggs seized from Pulau Tikus market
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry officers seized a total of 270 eggs from three stalls in Pulau Tikus market Thursday, following complaints of fake eggs being sold there.
A team from the Health Ministry also came and conducted its own inspection of the eggs sold at the market.
The seven-member Domestic Trade team arrived at about 10am and left around 11.15am, after taking three trays comprising 90 eggs from each of the three stalls inside the market.
A Penang enforcement division spokesman said the eggs would be tested by the department or sent for analysis by a laboratory.
Four state health officials also arrived shortly later and were seen doing their own checks of the eggs sold by the traders.
They bought 46 eggs for RM16 from one stall and 62 eggs for RM22.60 from another which would be sent to a laboratory in Petaling Jaya today for tests.
Several Domestic Trade enforcement officials had earlier visited the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) office at Jalan Mesjid Negeri to gather more information about the fake eggs before raiding the market stalls.
The seizures came in the wake of news reports Thursday that fake eggs, which were allegedly full of chemicals, had been found in Penang.
CAP president S.M. Mohamed Idris had said a housewife complained that she bought a tray of 30 eggs for RM11 at the market but found they did not smell like real eggs and were tasteless.
He claimed the eggs had unusual shapes, were larger and had a rougher surface than the genuine ones.
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