‘Ensure egg prices set according to their grades’

Lee (left) inspecting eggs at Pasaraya Maslee while Johor Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry director Lilis Saslinda Pornomo (second from right) and Maslee co-founder Lee Boon Lye (right) look on.

EGG traders have been urged to be ethical and refrain from selling regular eggs at the price of omega eggs.

Johor investment, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Lee Ting Han said traders should set the price of eggs according to its grade to prevent confusing their customers.

“Without a label, it is difficult for the customers to differentiate between regular and omega eggs based on appearance alone.

“Similar to regular eggs, omega eggs have grades A, B and C but the price is unregulated by the government.

“Only regular eggs are subject to the government’s price scheme, so the cost is set according to its grade,” Lee said after launching the Rahmah sales package at Pasaraya Maslee in B5 Johor Street Market here.

He said the eggs could only be told apart after cracking them as omega eggs usually had a yellower yolk.

He noted that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) in Johor has not received complaints about traders selling regular eggs as omega eggs but advised them to safeguard consumer rights.

He also said the supply of items such as eggs, sugar and cooking oil in Johor were sufficient.

Checks by StarMetro showed that a tray of 30 regular grade A eggs are sold at RM13.50 while the same number of omega eggs could cost up to RM19 per tray.

On May 15, Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub encouraged consumers to file a complaint with his ministry if they purchased regular eggs that were sold as omega eggs.

“If the customer is not confident about the eggs that were purchased, they can come to us.

“My ministry will then submit the report to the Veterinary Services Department and Health Ministry to verify the standard of the eggs,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the Rahmah package programme, Lee commended Pasaraya Maslee for taking the initiative to offer discounts of 10% to 30% on 50 items such as fresh produce and basic food necessities at 18 of its outlets.

The promotion, which includes Rahmah packages filled with items like cooking oil, flour, sugar and baby products priced at RM10 to RM60, runs from May 19 until June 19, he added.

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