The All Island Poultry Association (AIPA) said today that the government's decision to import egg extract will pose a risk of salmonella contamination, President of the All Island Poultry Association, Mathalee Jayasekara said.
He said fresh shell eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria. The Salmonella bacteria could spread in our country if we imported the eggs.
But the risk of spreading the bacteria can be minimized by a final food product, as the bacteria are destroyed by the high heat of a baked good such as cake.
But with the import of this egg extract, the bacteria could be easily spread in the country, and it will cause damage to the egg production in the country. Now, two thirds of the production had been destroyed, Jayasekara said.
"There is a huge mafia behind this import. The mafia was created after issuing the gazette to control the egg prices. The controversial gazette on eggs, has created the shortage," Jayasekara said.
"The importing tax on egg extract was reduced to Rs. 200 from Rs. 1,200, not for the sake of the people in the country. The tax was reduced for the sake of the main government-backed importers. If this gazette were not issued, there would not be an egg shortage in the country. The current egg production was reduced to 30 percent," Jayasekara said. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
Chryshan Monday, 20 March 2023 08:47 PM
Your association does a bigger damage by allowing to increase price of eggs depriving many innocent people from access to buy required eggs and you get egg mafia guys to destroy more than 100,000 eggs to create a shortage. Get lost.
Joshua Monday, 20 March 2023 08:50 PM
Poultry association should stop fleecing local producers and consumers without harping on negatives of imports. You tried to hold everybody to ransom and now you can look up and wait. Government should insist on Rs44 price tag
Dee Monday, 20 March 2023 08:58 PM
So why don’t you give your muck at an affordable price? Like it’s the best quality stuff! You guys are ripping the consumers!
Christo Monday, 20 March 2023 09:05 PM
As if there's no salmonella in our local eggs. Who are they fooling. These fellows only want to hide behind half truths for their own profits and will never let this country prosper
Rohan S Monday, 20 March 2023 09:10 PM
These so called Frogs in the well don't have a clue about what they are talking. Why not take a walk and see the many so called eating places, a natural breeding ground for Salmonella.
Palitha Monday, 20 March 2023 09:29 PM
Looks like the importing has put eggs on their faces.
Adwani Monday, 20 March 2023 09:53 PM
There are chances of artificial liquid eggs could be imported, spoiling the market for bakery products, including bread.
Pot calling the Kettle black Monday, 20 March 2023 11:14 PM
The only business association mafia I see impeding and trying to raise prices is the 'All Island Poultry Association'. Trying to avoid being seen through they are trying fear, uncertainty and doubt tactic to try ruin consumer getting cheaper products. What they say about Salmonella bacteria spread is wrong, that is Mathalee Jayasekara is lying.
CJ Tuesday, 21 March 2023 06:24 AM
Mathalee please visit a local farm shop or a poultry market you will see where salmonella is roosting!!! Also, you have forgotten about the Internet and that the general population can read !!!. Entire bakery industry should consider using liquid eggs. Its cheaper and healthier. There is no point in supporting local industries if that industry is holding the consumers for ransome. Everything that is needed for poultry farming is imported so why not import liquid eggs and stabilise the prices?
saliya Tuesday, 21 March 2023 09:16 AM
Utter BS For every solution brought forward these guys instill fear in people citing diseases. But what have you guys contributed to reduce the price-NOTHING
Ranjan Gurusinghe Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:06 AM
Being Veterinarian living in New Zealand, I made a comment here as soon as this news paper published that SL will be importing eggs from India, I said rightly mentioned that a Salmonella outbreak will spread throughout the island
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