A worker at the liquid eggs plant at CPJ headquarters in Montego Bay, St James. – Contributed
The long-announced plan to introduce liquid eggs as a substitute for imported butter oil in the making of nutri-buns for the school-feeding programme is set to be rolled out at the start of the next school year.
Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke recently told Parliament that the Cabinet has approved the project.
The Sunday Gleaner has since confirmed that it’s all systems go for Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) to begin using the liquid eggs in its making of nutri-buns.
The eggs are produced at the only liquid egg plant in the Caribbean, located at the Montego Bay, St James-based headquarters of Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ).
The sale of the product to the school-feeding programme is through Caribbean Egg Processors Limited, which is a joint initiative between Liquid Eggs Limited and CPJ.
Liquid Eggs Limited is the marketing arm of the Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA).
Former president and current vice-president of JEFA, Mark Campbell, says the inclusion of liquid egg in the school-feeding programme has been long in coming.
“We have been having discussions with all the stakeholders in school nutrition since the liquid eggs plant was established in 2007, and I am pleased that the product will be included in the nutri-buns come September.
“This will provide our children with a much healthier choice because research has shown that eggs provide for better brain stimulation and improved learning,” argued Campbell.
The JEFA executive said farmers have invested heavily in research and development to highlight the nutritional benefits of eggs.