The Ministry of Agriculture says eggs that are imported will only be used in the bakery industry in the country and must not be allowed to be sold in stores for general consumption.
A decision was reached to import eggs following the shortage reported in the market in the recent past.
However, the Department of Animal Production and Health did not grant approval for the import of eggs due to bird flu reported in several countries where eggs are imported in large quantities.
However, taking into account the shortage and need for eggs, the Department granted consent temporarily to import eggs.
A discussion was held at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday (16) under the patronage of Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera in relation to future measures that will be taken for the import of eggs and livestock development amid such concerns.
Minister Amaraweera said the measure is being taken to prevent the entry of bird flu to Sri Lanka.
Accordingly, the Minister instructed the Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health to promptly compile guidelines regarding the use of eggs in the bakery industry.
The Minister called for the use of gloves when handling imported eggs, the safe disposal of eggshells and ensuring eggshells are not released to the environment.
The Minister also noted that eggs should not be imported again and production of eggs and poultry should recommence in the months ahead.