By Our Newsmen
Midnapore / Kolkata, 03 April: EVEN as the apprehension over alleged artificial chicken eggs seems to have gripped entire Bengal, lab tests conducted on suspected samples by Kolkata Municipal Corporation, and the West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, have found nothing unusual in them.
Addressing an administrative public meeting at Kharagpur during the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also said that nothing objectionable has been found “so far” in the eggs imported from other states.
She, however, stressed that people should consume the chicken eggs that are produced in the state. “Our state produces 80 lakh eggs annually, and by next year we have set a target to add another 80 lakhs. There is nothing to panic over the allegations of plastic eggs being sold in the state; we are probing the matter but nothing objectionable has been found so far,” she said.
Towards evening, Kolkata Municipal Corporation said that the preliminary test reports have found nothing in the egg samples that were collected from the house of homemaker Anita Kumar at Tiljala and an egg stockist based at Deem Patty at Sealdah.
Kumar is the one who had raised an alarm over alleged plastic eggs being sold to her by a neighbourhood vendor, who is now in jail custody following her FIR.
KMC officials said that the test conducted at its own lab has found that the eggshells are made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) crystals, which is true for any natural chicken egg. The civic body is however waiting for reports of tests of the albumen and yolk of the samples before arriving at a final conclusion.
West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences yesterday sent its test report to the state government stating that nothing objectionable was found in the samples that were sent to it.