A NIS 334 million ($88 million) lawsuit was filed last week against Tnuva Food Industries Ltd. and other major distributor, claiming they have been importing eggs from around the world without veterinary supervision.
The petitioners requested that the lawsuit be recognized as a class-action suit.
According to the suit, when the demand for fresh eggs is on the rise in Israel, particularly during the holidays, Tnuva and other distributors have been importing hundreds of millions of eggs from around the world, especially from Turkey, and marketing them as Israeli eggs – therefore misleading the costumers.
Petitioners also doubted that the dairy conglomerate Tnuva and the other companies involved met the veterinary supervision requirements. It is not clear, they claimed, whether the eggs were transported in proper cooling conditions and whether they were fresh eggs.
If indeed proper conditions were not met, the eggs might cause potential veterinary diseases, including salmonella. The eggs might have contained chemical substances banned for use in Israel, according to the petitioners.
According to the suit, the distributors have been importing eggs from abroad in this manner for years.
The petitioners included a poll taken by the Mina Tzemach Institute showing that 85% of Israeli consumers were not aware eggs were being imported into Israel, adding they would not have bought Turkish eggs if they had known were they came from.
A statement of defense had yet to be filed.
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