Trade Minister Nalin Fernando says that a ship carrying the first consignment of eggs imported from India is scheduled to reach Sri Lanka by tomorrow (26).
He says that it contains 02 million eggs which have been decided to be used only for bakery products.
Minister of Agriculture – Mahinda Amaraweera had recently instructed the Department of Animal Production and Health to prepare a series of guidelines to be used when importing eggs.
Accordingly, gloves are required when handling imported eggs while the eggshells should be safely disposed of or destroyed. It is said that the eggshells should not be released into the environment at any cost.
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that these guidelines will be issued with the objective of preventing the avian flu virus from entering the country.