Mayurbhanj: Amid rumours, fear of plastic eggs in circulation have resurfaced in several parts of Odisha after allegations of the same being used in midday meals at St Mary’s School in Baripada came to fore.
The school management has decided to stop serving eggs to students as there are no prescribed guidelines for identifying a natural egg and a plastic egg. Even bigger problem is that there is no clear information on how a plastic egg looks like.
Many believe that the only way to check whether an egg is original or plastic is by breaking it.
“As the layer of egg inside was missing we suspected it to be plastic eggs,” said Jyoti Bage, Headmistress, St Mary’ school.
Moreover, the parents association has lodged an FIR in connection with the plastic egg recovered from school with Krushnachandrapur police outpost.
“Students and parents have registered complaints and we have asked SDPO to conduct an inquiry,” said SP Mayurbhanj R Prakash.
The preliminary report by the local block education officer has suggested that the eggs found in the school appear to be ‘unnatural’ as they are small in size and greasy than original ones.
Basing on the report, the matter has been brought to the notice of the health department, informed senior Officials of School and Mass Education.
“The samples have been collected and would be sent for examination,” said State Nodal Officer Mid-day meal Gangadhar Sahu.