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Jakarta Post

East Java administration, poultry farmers dismiss report on contaminated eggs but promise further research

  • Nedi Putra AW and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Malang/Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  08:00 pm
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Eggs-cellent: Iswahyudi of the East Java Husbandry Agency (right) and the dean of Brawijaya University’s School of Animal Science, Suyadi, enjoy boiled eggs together with representatives of the province’s poultry farmers at the university's campus in Malang, East Java, on Sunday. (JP/Nedi Putra AW)

The East Java administration, academics and poultry farmers have joined forces to defend the quality of locally produced eggs following a damning report on plastic contamination in two East Java villages. Two weeks ago, the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), the Indonesia-based Nexus3 and several other environmental groups released a joint report suggesting the practice of burning imported plastic waste had contaminated the food chain in Tropodo village of Sidoarjo regency and Bangun village in Mojokerto regency. Free-range egg samples collected in the villages were found to contain extremely hazardous banned chemicals, including dioxins and flame retardants. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa swiftly dismissed the report and, in an apparent publicity, stunt served boiled eggs during her meeting with provincial councilors on Nov. 22.    Fo...