Fake Egg Video Hoax


A video surfaced recently regarding fake eggs from QL Eggs. You can rest assured that QL Eggs does not sell and has never sold fake eggs.

We would like to inform our consumers that we have examined the alleged fake eggs that were collected. All in all, the eggs' physical characteristics which include membrane, egg shell and egg white are normal. We also noted the watery egg white is due to natural aging of the eggs upon storage. However, the eggs are safe for consumption.

We would like to assure our consumers that the collected eggs are NOT fake eggs.

We hope the facts below will help enlighten our consumers regarding some of the allegations made:

Thick and strong eggshell membrane

Lying between the eggshell and egg white, there are two transparent protein membranes that provide efficient defence against bacterial invasion. If you give these layers a tug, you will find they are surprisingly strong. They are made partly of keratin, a protein that is also in human hair. Like human hair, it can be thin or thick depending on the amount of protein available in the chicken body.

If the membrane in this case is thicker it means the chicken is healthy and able to provide extra amount of protein to make more keratin of the eggshell membrane.

Picture source: https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/eggs/eggcomposition.html

A hard to peel off eggshell membrane indicates the freshness of the eggs. There are two membranes (outer and inner layers). When the egg is fresh, there is not enough time for evaporative to separate the 2 membranes causing it to stick to each other. This makes it look thicker and stronger when it is peeled. A good explanation on this matter is found in http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com/chicken-eggs/chicken-egg-shell-not-separating-from-the-egg-white/

Egg Burst When In Contact with Boiling Water

An egg is like a small pressure cooker. There is a small amount of air inside the egg confined between the eggshell and the membrane. When the air inside the egg is warmed by the boiling water it will expand and exert pressure to the eggshell. This will cause the shell to crack to release the air.

Usually the egg white will come out too due to the high pressure inside the egg. When the egg white is in contact with hot water its gets cook and will turn milky white. A thinner eggshell will increase the chance of egg bursting in boiling water. This is why it is advisable to prepare boiled egg by putting them in cold water and bringing it to boil. When eggs are put directly into boiling water which is above 100°C the chance of cracking is higher.

Watery Egg White

The watery egg white is due to natural aging of the eggs upon storage. However, the eggs are safe for consumption.

Egg white becomes watery after 7 days of storage under normal room temperature without any form of cold storage. Larger eggs and eggs from older hens become watery faster.

Scratch Marks on Eggshell

There is a layer of thin pigment on top of the eggshell. It can be easily removed exposing the clear portion of the eggshell. The scratch marks usually happen during the laying process. The chicken uses its claws to hold the egg before it rolls out to the egg belt. We can also reproduce the same scratch mark by scrapping it gently with any hard object including our finger nails.

Different Shapes of Eggs

A chicken egg is a biological product and its appearance (shape, size and colour) varies from chicken to chicken. Fake eggs would be uniform in size and shape if it is artificially made in factories.

This clarifies the hoax that has been circulating.

QL is One of Asia's Largest Egg Producers

As one of Asia's largest egg producers with a production rate of approximately 3.2 million eggs per day, we are proud to bring you eggs from healthy chickens in our farms. These farms maintain a stable climate and temperature, as well as strict hygiene measures that minimize the risk of infection from external environment, between chickens and from farm staff. You can learn about how we deliver our eggs to you here: http://www.qleggs.com/goodness2u.php

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