Are there fake eggs in Singapore?

No worries, all eggs are regularly sampled to ensure they meet AVA’s standards.


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There were recent reports of “fake eggs” being sold at a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio. The reports claimed that the eggs seemed lumpy and unlike the normal eggs we usually have in Singapore.

But no worries. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has inspected the eggs from the shop. It has verified that the eggs were real and were imported from an AVA-accredited farm in Malaysia.

Here are some “eggs-citing” facts about eggs in Singapore:

1) Most of our imported eggs come from Malaysia. The other countries approved to export fresh table eggs to Singapore are: Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

2) All eggs in Singapore, whether imported or locally produced, are regularly sampled to ensure they are safe and meet AVA’s standards and requirements.

3) Eggs sold in local markets are individually labelled with a code to identify the producing farm.

4) The AVA has introduced a scheme to ensure local farms produce quality eggs that are fresh – it’s called the Singapore Quality Egg Scheme (SQES). The farms undergo monthly inspections by AVA officers to ensure that the farm facilities are hygienic, and that quality control systems are well-maintained. The AVA also conducts scientific egg freshness tests in laboratories.

5) Real eggs comprise an egg shell on the outside, and membranes surrounding the white and yolk of the egg within the shell. At the wider end of the egg, there is also an air pocket. After cracking, the egg yolk and white should remain separate and not mix, unless stirred. When raw, the texture of eggs should be runny. Both the egg white and yolk will gradually solidify when cooked.

For details on the SQES, go to http://www.ava.gov.sg/explore-by-sections/farms/farming-initiatives/singapore-quality-egg-scheme

For more information and updates on food-related news in Singapore, visit http://www.ava.gov.sg/explore-by-sections/food

Source: AVA


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