Two years ago I wrote a post for the Pharma AntiCounterfeiting News entitled ‘A New Color for Fake Easter Eggs.’ As Easter nears, I would like to revisit this topic.
Ask any child what a fake Easter egg is and they will reply that it is a plastic shell filled with candy. These eggs are lots of fun for the children because sometimes they contain candy, and sometimes they contain money. Well there’s a new fake egg in town, and this counterfeit egg is no fun.
According to the Borneo Post back then, fake eggs appeared in Pulau Tikus, Penang. Consumers were warned to identify fake eggs by noticing that the white and yolk mixed together quickly, shells were rougher and shinier, eggs made sloshing sounds when shaken, and when fake egg were fried, the yolk spread before being touched. Calcium carbonate, paraffin wax and gypsum powder were some of the known ingredients of the shell. Sodium alginate, alum, gelatin, edible calcium chloride, benzoic acid, water and food coloring were some of the known ingredients of the yolk and white.
This issue highlights how fallen the world is. Just to steal a few pennies, someone will fake an egg. What an elaborate and time consuming lie. In my day job, I work with companies to protect products because almost everything is at risk. But much of what we do is merely a bandage to deeper and more fatal wounds. The real changes must occur in peoples hearts.
These changes can only occur in our hearts and the hearts of others with celebration and participation with the power found in the real Easter. Reflect upon the empty tomb and teach others to do the same.