As part of efforts to increase egg consumption of Nigerians to 300 per person annually, Funtuna Food and Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Funtuna Ventures has introduced “coloured hard boiled eggs”, poised to strengthen nutritional value of eggs.
The eggs could serve as quick and healthy snacks for children going to school and save families valuable time spent in boiling eggs.
The Company Executive Director, Mrs. Tolulola Olumide, said eggs contain good cholesterol and do not contribute to nutrition related diseases.
Olumide expressed concern over the fact that the per-capita egg consumption in Nigeria was lower than the global average, stating that Nigerians on average consume less than 80 eggs per person annually while China, Mexico and the United States of America consume over 300 eggs per person every year; and in South Africa, each person consumes 180 eggs every year.
This highlights the opportunities for growth and expansion for the egg industry in Nigeria as there are many eligible candidates for eggs that are not eating enough or that are simply not eating.
According to her eggs should not be restricted to festive seasons or World Egg Day, which is celebrated yearly, every first week of October.
On the coloured eggs, Olumide explained that the eggs were selected from a healthy flock, cleaned and loaded into a cooking machine to boil. The colours on the eggs performed the dual role of beautifying them and preserving their shelf life.
Her words: “Once eggs are boiled, the natural protective layer on the egg is lost, exposing the micro pores to bacteria infiltration and moisture penetration which aid the spoiling process. The colouring or varnishing process serves to replace that protective coating initially lost through boiling. This extends the shelf life of the eggs to over four weeks at steady room temperature after boiling.”
On the safety of the colourant, she disclosed that the substance used for the colouring was the same as the one used in colouring of foods like cake icing, chocolate brighteners, sugar and candy coating and pharmaceutical colouring.
She said the substance is recognised as a safe inactive ingredient, which is called shellac, a European Union approved food additive. It is 100 per cent safe.