Concerns over ‘fake eggs’ sold in Vava’u

Fake eggs and food concerns in Neiafu, Vava'u

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Nuku’alofa, Tonga – Former Minister of Health and Vava’u MP, Dr. Saia Piukala, reports to Parliament the discovery of what he claims to be “fake eggs” sold in stores at Vava’u.

He urges the Ministry of Health and Agriculture to address this growing concern as there are a number of complaints on the rise about the safety of local consumers.

The town officer of Neiafu, Vava Lapota, says the Food Authority is investigating the matter. It is uncertain where the eggs originate from, and how they are shipped to Vava’u.

According to a report by U.S. based media, Time, “fake eggs first appeared in the mid-’90s and production spread all over China, in 2005.  At the time, the production cost of a fake egg was half of its real equivalent. With the proper equipment and materials, one person could produce 1,500 fake eggs per day.”

Time went to report fake eggs consisted of ingredients made of resin, starch and pigment.

Other food concerns reported in the local media, such as dirty buckets of salted beef, and food shipments stored in non-working freezers, added to the safety and concerns of local authorities in Vava’u.

The Minister of Health will follow up and report back to Parliament.

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