The government has laid out strict guidelines that require poultry operators to adhere to the new regulations if they intend to store eggs in cold storage.
Eggs are a staple of our daily diets, particularly at breakfast time. Even those who abstain from meat often turn to eggs for a rich source of protein. While they are undeniably nutritious foods, the potential for contamination presents a serious risk of foodborne illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting, and food poisoning. Thus, preserving food items like eggs has been a major concern, as improper storage can lead to spoilage. To ensure the preservation of quality over time, refrigeration is commonly used for eggs.
With this in mind, the Uttar Pradesh government has released fresh directives concerning egg safety in poultry, specifically regarding storage and protection. The government has laid out strict guidelines that require poultry operators to adhere to the new regulations if they intend to store eggs in cold storage.
Under the new directive, cold storage operators are now required to keep eggs separate from fruits and vegetables. To accommodate this new regulation, a separate chamber must be designated solely to store eggs in cold storage. Furthermore, during the storage process, it is necessary to apply a fine mist of liquid chemicals or paraffin. Additionally, before being placed into storage, production dates and locations must be inked onto each egg by the cold storage personnel.
In addition to this, a new mandate has been established for the transportation of eggs. Specifically, any vehicle carrying eggs over a distance of 150 kilometres must be equipped with an air-conditioning system. According to recent reports, this means that a transport vehicle loaded with eggs travelling from Agra to Lucknow must now be an air-conditioned one.
Besides, the storage duration for eggs in cold storage has also been limited to three months. Furthermore, the newly designated egg storage chamber must always maintain a temperature range of 4–7 degrees Celsius. Additionally, people who are storing eggs will now be required to notify the government of their activities.