I sympathise with John about not being able to
get more money for his eggs but if he really cared about his customers, he
would produce a product that does not hit their pockets harder than it should.
The health department are very strict when
monitoring the best before dates on eggs. They should be commended for the work
they have done and continue to do for the health of our community. Education is
what is needed to resolve any issue and not finger pointing and blaming.
In the Cook Islands, eggs must have a best
before date of 30 days if stored between 0-7 C. If eggs are sold from the day
it is laid at ambient temperature, it only has a five day best before date.
Other countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore,
Middle East, Kiribati and other Pacific islands have a best before date of 77
days as long as it is treated as a chilled product at temperatures between 4-15
The issue here in the Cook Islands is that not
all eggs are stored and sold as a chilled product. Sadly, some are stored at
room temperature in many retail shops and that is what the health department
also have to monitor.
When eggs are brought and stored for home use,
they need to be kept in the fridge to stop them from going bad. This fact is
not common knowledge when it should be.
Is Scott’s eggs stored and sold to their
customers at the correct temperatures? Do they use refrigerated trucks for
their deliveries? I think not.
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Editor’s note: Mr Scott has reserved the right of reply