LETTER: Support for no levy on imported eggs

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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LETTER: Support for no levy on imported eggs

"Why should egg eaters have to pay higher prices to support one business? The answer? They shouldn’t."

Dear Editor,

I agree with government that import levies for eggs should not be in place. Why should egg eaters have to pay higher prices to support one business? The answer? They shouldn’t.

Yes, imported egg levies protect local egg producers (Scott’s farms in particular) as they can charge higher prices for their eggs. But it is the customers that get hit the most by the levy as they must pay higher prices for eggs. 

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 degrees C. 

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.

Egg Eater

(Name and address supplied)

Editor’s note: Mr Scott has reserved the right of reply