2012 is looking to be par-for-the-course in China’s food industry. So far we’ve already seen cancerous peanuts, flies mushed into pork jerky, and condoms both in yogurt and made of yogurt. This time around, the fake egg scare has come back again with a vengeance, as a man in Yantai, Shandong has unfortunately discovered.
On Monday, a man surnamed Wang went to a market to buy his eggs, as usual. He bought approximately 2kg of eggs and took home to cook. As he was breaking the eggs, however, he discovered that three of them were hard as a rock.
Upon closer inspection, found that both the egg white and yolk had solidified. For some godforsaken reason, Wang decided to taste it, and described the flavor as “strange” – well DUH!
Wang reported his findings to local newspaper reporters, who went to the same market and bought their own “fake” eggs. The reporters cooked up one of the eggs, and found that after boiling, the yolk became bright in color and the egg white turned yellow. The egg also became very malleable, and when reporters dropped the yolk on the ground, they found that it bounced back up 20 centimeters.
Quwei Jing, Life Sciences Professor at East China Normal University says there are three possibilities for the bouncy egg. First, the egg could have simply been exposed to cold temperatures for too long during transit. Second, the chickens could have been fed too much cottonseed fodder. Third, the egg could truly be fake.
Obviously we’re all rooting for outcome #1, as eggs produced from chickens eating too much cottonseed can lead to impotency, and no one needs to be reminded why fake eggs are bad.