USDA: Egg group inappropriately targeted vegan spread

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Posted: Oct 07, 2016 10:23 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — An egg industry group's discussions about thwarting the sale of an eggless vegan spread at Whole Foods were inappropriate, a review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found.

The USDA said it will require training for the American Egg Board and other "checkoff" programs that promote commodities such as beef and pork as a result.

The American Egg Board says there were no findings that it violated the law.

The investigation underscores the murky and often contentious space occupied by checkoff programs, and the gaps in the USDA's oversight of them.

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