The American Egg Board’s Attack on Vegan Mayo

The American Egg Board, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helped plan attacks on “Just Mayo”—a vegan mayonnaise product the egg board president described as a “major threat to the future of the egg product business.” Writing for the New Republic, Ted Genoways discusses how the egg board misused taxpayer funds.

As Genoway reports, the egg board is supposed to use its public funds to promote its own products, not attack competitors. However, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests revealed the egg board was doing exactly that.

According to Genoway, the board’s president, Joanne Ivy, “solicited ideas to thwart Hampton Creek, and suggested pushing the FDA to declare Just Mayo’s label misleading. She also used a go-between PR firm to pressure Whole Foods to drop the product.” Subsequently, policymakers have called for a complete investigation into the USDA, and agricultural producers have lobbied for exemptions from FOIA requests.

Beyond the obvious concern that taxpayers are subsidizing groups that promote and oppose private sector goods, it is even more problematic that politically entrenched industry groups may be using government agencies to unlawfully attack and undermine competitors.

More Blog Posts

04-16-2019 11:37am

New Survey Reveals American Consumers Support Businesses Hiring Those with Criminal Records

New research from SHRM and the Charles Koch Institute found that the vast majority of American consumers support purchasing goods and services from businesses that employ people with non-violent criminal records.

Read more

04-04-2019 03:05pm

On 70th Anniversary of NATO, Key Member States Question Its Relevancy and Efficacy

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) celebrates its 70th anniversary, and in advance of this historical commemoration, a new survey asked respondents in key NATO member states about NATO’s effectiveness and relevance in today’s world.

Read more

04-01-2019 05:29pm

Protecting Protest: How Proposed Rules Would Chill Free Expression Around DC Landmarks

Given the timeless importance of protecting civil liberties, the Charles Koch Institute today joins the ACLU in voicing concern about a proposed National Park Service (NPS) rule that could hinder free speech and peaceful assembly around DC landmarks.

Read more

Sign up for updates