House Resolution 116 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 116 BY JONES , MOORE , WESTRICH , STONE , BERGAN , INGELS , WHEELER , KAUFMANN , BRINK , KLEIN , PAUSTIAN , LUNDGREN , LOHSE , WORTHAN , KERR , BLOOMINGDALE , ANDREWS , FISHER , WILLS , GRASSLEY , SORENSEN , JACOBSEN , BACON , THORUP , BODEN , NORDMAN , BUSH , and LATHAM A Resolution urging the United States Food and Drug 1 Administration to take action necessary to improve 2 labeling of imitation eggs and egg products. 3 WHEREAS, Iowa leads the nation in egg production, 4 accounting for 17 percent of table egg production and 5 one in six eggs consumed in the United States each 6 year; and 7 WHEREAS, the Iowa egg industry contributes $2.62 8 billion in total industrial output, 7,400 jobs, and 9 more than $502 million in personal wages; and 10 WHEREAS, eggs produced and marketed in Iowa have a 11 value of over $1.30 billion, including hatchery eggs 12 for export, eggs for the shell market, and liquid 13 eggs; and 14 WHEREAS, egg products are shipped across the country 15 and around the world for use in food service menus and 16 as ingredients in countless other packaged foods; and 17 WHEREAS, eggs are one of the most economical foods 18 available to consumers, having a perfect balance of 19 diversity and nutrients; being naturally low in fat; 20 containing the highest biological value for protein; a 21 good or excellent source of eight essential vitamins 22 and nutrients; containing almost every mineral required 23 -1- LSB 6251YH (5) 89 da/rn 1/ 4
H.R. 116 by the human body including calcium, iron, potassium, 24 zinc, and manganese; and having only 72 calories per 25 large egg; and 26 WHEREAS, the high-quality protein in eggs supports 27 healthy muscles, the choline in eggs supports 28 lifelong brain health and the carotenoids, lutein, and 1 zeaxanthin in eggs support eye health and cognitive 2 function; and 3 WHEREAS, eggs are economical and consistently 4 recognized by the United States Department of 5 Agriculture as the lowest cost per serving of 6 high-quality protein costing approximately 16 cents per 7 serving and providing 40 grams of protein per dollar 8 spent; and 9 WHEREAS, according to the 2020-2025 Dietary 10 Guidelines for Americans published by the Department 11 of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human 12 Services, eggs are an important part of a healthy diet 13 for both children and adults; and 14 WHEREAS, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for 15 Americans recommend eggs as an important first food for 16 infants and toddlers, as well as for pregnant women and 17 lactating mothers; and 18 WHEREAS, according to the 2020-2025 Dietary 19 Guidelines for Americans, most Americans are 20 not meeting recommended intake for vitamin D and 21 choline; and 22 WHEREAS, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for 23 Americans affirm that eggs, as a nutrient-dense 24 food, can contribute to the health and well-being of 25 -2- LSB 6251YH (5) 89 da/rn 2/ 4
H.R. 116 Americans of all ages in several ways; and 26 WHEREAS, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for 27 Americans encourage the consumption of eggs by preteens 28 and adolescents, especially girls, including by 29 providing sources of protein and choline; and 30 WHEREAS, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for 1 Americans emphasize that eggs are a rich source of 2 critical nutrients for human health, including the 3 health of older adults who are at nutritional risk due 4 to not consuming enough protein and vitamin B12; and 5 WHEREAS, imitation egg products, such as plant-based 6 products derived from beans, and other foods that 7 imitate eggs and egg products, often do not provide 8 the same nutritional content as genuine eggs and egg 9 products derived from layer hens; and 10 WHEREAS, plant-based products labeled as eggs and 11 egg products are misleading to consumers regarding 12 their nutritional profile; and 13 WHEREAS, in recent years, a proliferation of 14 imitation egg products have entered into the 15 marketplace which are misleading to consumers regarding 16 their nutritional profile; and 17 WHEREAS, recent survey data indicates that many 18 consumers believe that imitation egg products have 19 as much or more nutritional value than genuine egg 20 products, when they actually have less; and 21 WHEREAS, the United States Food and Drug 22 Administration regulates genuine eggs and egg products, 23 including under 21 C.F.R. pt. 160; NOW THEREFORE, 24 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 25 -3- LSB 6251YH (5) 89 da/rn 3/ 4
H.R. 116 the Iowa House of Representatives urges the United 26 States Food and Drug Administration to take action 27 necessary to enforce its regulations and better inform 28 consumers regarding the proliferation of imitation eggs 29 and egg products currently mislabeled as eggs or egg 30 products; and 1 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 2 resolution be sent to the United States Commissioner 3 of Food and Drugs, the President and Secretary of the 4 United States Senate, the Speaker and Clerk of the 5 United States House of Representatives, and to the 6 members of Iowa’s congressional delegation. 7 -4- LSB 6251YH (5) 89 da/rn 4/ 4