A housewife claims the eggs she bought for her family's breakfast turned out to be plastic fakes.


Maya Mingle, from the city of Virar, north of Mumbai in western India's Maharashtra State, said the eggs were really hard to crack.


She says that when she finally managed to break the shells, the contents smelt strange and looked weird as they cooked in her frying pan.


And when she tried to remove the cooked eggs from the pan, she found that they had bonded to the surface.


Mrs Mingle said: "When I tried to break the shell, it was unusually hard and I had to hit it several times to break it.


"Once the shell was broken, the yolk and white spread like some liquid and an extremely unusual smell emanated from it.


"I opened the egg onto the frying pan, but when I tried to remove it, the liquid had stuck there."


Not surprisingly the family decided against eating the eggs and took the rest of them back to their local supplier, the Gemini Egg and Chicken Centre.


Mandar Mingle, Mayar's husband, said: "We told them that they looked like plastic eggs which could seriously damage the health of his customers."


Rafik Shaikh, the owner of the Gemini Egg and Chicken Centre, said it was the first complaint of its kind he had ever received.


He said: "We have been in the business for several years and we generally purchase the eggs wholesale from dealers who buy them directly from local farmers. I don't think such an allegation could be true."


It is unclear if the eggs are being tested by the relevant authorities.

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