- Published on Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:55
- Written by PIUS RUGONZIBWA
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SOME 19,056 eggs believed to be unfit for human consumption were destroyed by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development between Monday and on Wednesday.
The eggs worth 5.8m/- were destroyed at Pugu dump site for what experts said was a move by the government to save the public from consuming sub-standard stuff. Veterinary Research Officer Dr Samira Mora told reporters yesterday that 430 trays of eggs were seized in Ilala Municipality on Tuesday.
The owner of the consignment Mr Nassoro Choro failed to submit documents to show its legitimacy. "We questioned him but he submitted documents showing that he bought the eggs from Mkiu Poultry Farm Ltd in the city, we came to discover that it was a forged document," she said.
Principal Livestock Field Officer Pascal Petro told the 'Daily News' that Choro had obtained another 'forged' document showing that he was allowed to transport 1,000 trays for 30,000 eggs. Dr Mora noted that inspectors were aware that many eggs are imported into the country through Mombasa Port. Some are secretly transported into the country through Horohoro and others via Namanga borders.
She said the Tanzania Food and Drugs Regulatory Authority (TFDA) had tested samples of the destroyed eggs and confirmed that they were dangerous to human health. According to Dr Mora, the ministry had forwarded Choro's case to the police but the 'suspect' failed to turn up, prompting Ilala Primary Court to issue a permit for destroying the eggs.
Public health specialists are cautioning against the increasing trend of consuming too many eggs, saying under normal circumstances only three eggs were allowed per month. "Today, consumption of eggs has drastically increased and people take even two eggs a day, not being aware of the high cholesterol content," cautioned recently Dr Ali Mzige, a former Chief Medical Officer.