The second shipment of imported eggs is anticipated to receive clearance from the port today, April 08, according to the State Trade Corporation (STC). STC Chairman Asiri Walisundara confirmed that the consignment will be cleared once the Animal Production & Health Department hands over the relevant analysis reports on the egg samples.
The arrival of the second stock of one million eggs imported from India on March 29 followed the long-awaited first shipment of 2 million eggs on March 23.
In the meantime, the Animal Production & Health Department will be collecting samples from the third shipment of imported eggs which arrived on April 04.
However, the president of Bakery Owners’ Association, N.K. Jayawardena, claimed that only a small number of bakeries are receiving the imported eggs. Amid this situation, officers from the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) are conducting raids to identify vendors who sell eggs at higher prices.
The public is eagerly awaiting the release of the imported eggs, as the price of eggs has increased significantly in the local market due to the bird flu outbreak. The government’s decision to import eggs is expected to provide some relief to consumers, who have been struggling to afford basic essentials due to the rising cost of living.