If egg companies want to receive subsidies from a US government agency that was created to “increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg producers”, companies can’t say eggs are healthy, healthful, nutritious, contribute nutritionally, are high protein, low calorie, low fat, good for you, or even safe, as noted in private emails obtained through FOIA by Dr. Michael Greger.
(The government agency also advises companies not to show how eggs are produced – multiple chickens being crammed into file-cabinet-sized cages for their entire lives – as doing so would invite criticism for unethical treatment of animals.)
Why aren’t egg companies allowed to use the above terms in reference to eggs? It would be false advertising, as the balance of the available evidence indicates eggs are unhealthy, high calorie, high fat, unsafe, etc.
What can they truthfully say about eggs? That they ‘can’ reduce feelings of hunger.
US Gov Egg Promotion Board in Private Emails: Eggs are Unhealthy, Unsafe was originally published on Washington's Blog