Will Coggin: California egg safety is not a factor in proposed farm bill amendment

December 25, 2013 

The Modesto Bee is mistaken in its claim that California’s food safety rules could be voided if Iowa Congressman Steve King’s farm bill amendment passes (“Our View: New farm bill on the horizon,” Dec. 22, Page D2).

States are constitutionally allowed to enact laws that interfere in interstate commerce if there is a legitimate public safety reason. None of that applies here. The state’s ban on egg imports is purely economic protectionism in trying to protect California farmers, who face higher regulatory costs from cheaper – but equally safe – eggs from other states.

There is an unfortunate reason that California has been backed into a corner. California egg farmers face a scrambled marketplace and higher production costs due to a 2008 ballot measure financed by the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS has a well-publicized vegan animal liberation agenda that seeks to get rid of all animal agriculture by raising the costs to the consumer. In the future, citizens would do well to dismiss HSUS and other radical groups.


Senior research analyst of the Center for Consumer Freedom

Washington, D.C.

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