The first shipment of eggs from India entered Bangladesh even while local poultry operators accused the government of taking a "self-contradictory" stance by allowing egg imports from a country affected by avian influenza, The Daily Star reported.

The government had approved the import of  20 million eggs to bring down prices that reached BDT 32 (US 47 cents) per set of four on the local market. Each of the imported eggs has been priced at BDT 2.29 (US 3 cents) in import costs.

The poultry association Khamar Rakkha Jatiya Sangram Parishad said the government's move would raise the risk of H5N1 in the country and announced that it would resind a previous decision to sell eggs at lower prices.