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Jamaica now produces enough eggs to meet demands

by 5m Editor
27 October 2006, at 1:17pm

JAMAICA - Jamaica is now self-sufficient in egg production, with more than 400,000 eggs being produced daily, according to president of the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA), Mark Campbell.

And a new egg pasteurising plant , which is being built at a cost of $35 million, is to be opened by the end of November.

The new plant will enable the JEFA to meet the demands in the tourism sector for pasteurised eggs. This, he said, will meet the necessary food safety requirement and reduce food borne diseases that is required in the hotel sector.

He said the membership of JEFA currently owned at least 500,000 layers.

But while production is at its highest, Mr. Campbell pointed out that Jamaicans consume less than one egg per person weekly, which is lower than other countries in the Caribbean. In countries such as Japan, United States and the United Kingdom, an average of six or seven eggs per person are consumed weekly.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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