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6500 eggs smuggled into Israel from the PA caught and destroyed

Misrad Hachaklaut announced the capture and destruction of 6500 eggs that were smuggled into Israel under unsanitary conditions and without temperature control.  The eggs entered from the Nachal Iron area by a local resident and were to be sold in the North.

Since January 2013, there have been 151 incidents of egg smuggling and approximately 1.7 million have been captured and destroyed.

Eggs from the Palestinian Authority are forbidden to be sold in Israel because there is no veterinary supervision of the hens and their eggs, there is no possiblity to ensure sanitary conditions of packaging and marketing and a lack of temperature control.  Eggs have to be maintained below 20C according to Israeli law.

For more information about eggs and egg smuggling, check out this post.

When might you suspect that your eggs are illegally imported?

  • They are stored above 20C
  • They have no stamp, an illegible stamp, or the stamp is not printed accoring to the regulations (see previous post)
  • They are not sold in a reputable supermarket chain

Source: The Marker

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2 thoughts on “6500 eggs smuggled into Israel from the PA caught and destroyed

  1. joshinariel on said:

    Some quick math shows that this is merely one van of 216 trays. Since only the van was caught, and not the poultry farm shut down, we can only assume that the business is still operating. I doubt that we will see these kinds of eggs in a store, the danger would seem to be at a restaurant or food factory (hopefully, the kashrut supervisors are checking for this).

    • The poultry farm in in the Palestinian Authority, so Israel cannot shut it down, only strengthen its borders to prevent them from coming in again. These eggs are sold in shuks, at “farm stores” and other similar places. There has even been instances where sorting stations in Israel accept these eggs and stamp them with their own stamp (read my post “when is the price toogood to be true?”)

      Kashrut supervisors do not check to see if the eggs are stamped- it isn’t a kashrut issue.

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