Indian processor sells "vegetarian" eggs
A "100% vegetarian egg" will be launched in 2008 by
India's leading egg powder manufacturer and exporter.
S Hariharan, general manager, operations of SKM Egg Products Ltd, commented
that the 100% vegetarian eggs will be launched both in the domestic market and
exported abroad in the next few months.
The company already exports 100% vegetarian egg powder, egg yolk powder and
egg albumen powder to as many as 27 countries in the world, including Europe and
A vegetarian egg is produced by chicken that
receive feed that contains no animal products. Normally feed is supplemented
with fish meal, so eggs from chicken fed this type of feed are not fully
SKM Egg Products claims all their layers on its contract farms are not fed
any "animal-based feed". Instead of fishmeal, soy meal is added to the feed as
the protein supplement. "Hence, eggs produced on our contract farms are fully
vegetarian," asserts Hariharan.
But this company did not hit upon the vegetarian egg concept for the world's
vegetarians. It was for commercial reasons to meet the strict stipulations of
the export market.
Recently, SKM, which exported 4,500 tonnes of egg powder last year, set up
its own poultry farm with nearly 1.5 million chicks. As of now, the company
largely sources the "vegetarian eggs" from nearby Namakkal, which is southern
India's egg country. With over 700 poultry farms, Namakkal produces 22.5 million
eggs every day, which is 14% of the country's egg production.
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