Dangerous Eggs: In Ramot, Jerusalem, Ministry of Agriculture Confiscates 18,000(!) Eggs Smuggled from the Palestinian Authority Concealed in a Truck
The Ministry of Agriculture’s Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) Unit, cooperating with the Jerusalem municipal policing, discovered 18,000 eggs intended for door-to-door sale throughout neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and even for sale in markets. The inspectors, who arrived in the neighborhood following an intelligence tip-off, arrested a man who had attempted to sell unsupervised eggs. The suspect, a Jerusalem resident in his twenties, posed as a house mover and was caught as he was unloading eggs from the truck and loading them in his van during a sales round in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Despite repeated warnings on this issue, the sale of unsupervised eggs door-to-door continues to persist in Israel, and the more so in the Haredi neighborhoods. The eggs, which had been stamped with a fake, blurred packing house stamp, were of variable sizes, soiled, and it was obvious they had undergone an amateurish, unsupervised process on their way to the consumer.
The Ministry of Agriculture asks the rabbis to instruct their public that it is forbidden to buy eggs sold door-to-door. This is out of concern for public health - some of these eggs are contaminated with aggressive salmonella and their consumption puts the lives of the elderly, children and persons with suppressed immune systems in danger. These eggs, including their packaging, must be disposed of into the garbage immediately and their storage place in the refrigerator must be cleaned thoroughly.
Hanoch Yihye, Manager of the Central District of the Central Investigation and Enforcement Unit (PITZUACH) in the Ministry of Agriculture: “The Ministry of Agriculture forbids the sale of eggs which have not been tested or stored properly due to the fact that this is a sensitive product from the health standpoint. The Ministry r4equests the public to make sure they buy their eggs only at the retail chains and at supervised stores. The public must make sure that the product is in its original packaging, sealed and clean with the manufacture date and expiry date”.