Border Police officers foiled a plan on Sunday to smuggle some 9,000 unmarked, unauthorized eggs into Jerusalem from the West Bank.
The intercepted mini-bus at the Hizme checkpoint contained 300 packages of eggs that did not undergo inspection, kept in poor condition, and which authorities say could have posed a serious threat to public health.
The eggs were confiscated immediately and destroyed by officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, according to the Hebrew-language media.
The 21-year old driver was detained, questioned and released. An initial investigation revealed that the eggs were on their way to be sold to different commercial establishments in Jerusalem.
“True, this was not an attempt to smuggle weapons but we know that egg-smuggling still poses a threat to the public,” a border police commander told Hebrew media.
In July, 14 members of an egg-smuggling ring were charged for transferring over 10 million contraband eggs from the Palestinian Authority to Israel.