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Full Text of HR0043  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Bacon is consumed at breakfast an average of 12
3times per person per year; 69% of all food service operators
4serve bacon; more than half of all homes (53%) keep bacon on
5hand at all times; each year in the United States, more than
61.7 billion pounds of bacon are consumed in food service; bacon
7contains a high level of nutrients and is a useful addition to
8any diet; the key to eating bacon and gaining health benefits
9is keeping portions to reasonable sizes; and
10    WHEREAS, Baconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around, tasting
11event, featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best
12chefs in Chicago; since 2009, Baconfest has raised over
13$300,000, enabling partners like the Greater Chicago Food
14depository to distribute more than 924,000 meals to hungry
15people in the area; and
16    WHEREAS, Pork is versatile, affordable, and accessible for
17many Americans; its many beneficial qualities make it easy to
18incorporate into any healthy diet; and
19    WHEREAS, Pork is not only a good source of protein, but
20also provides several important vitamins and minerals; a
21three-ounce serving of pork is an excellent source of thiamin,
22selenium, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, and phosphorus and a



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1good source of riboflavin, zinc, and potassium; and
2    WHEREAS, Pork is naturally low in sodium and a good source
3of potassium - two nutrients that, when coupled, can help
4regulate blood pressure; today's pork is 16% leaner and 27%
5lower in saturated fat compared to 20 years ago; and
6    WHEREAS, Pork - representing 42.6% of total meat consumed -
7is the world's most widely eaten meat according to the United
8States Department of Agriculture; seven cuts of pork meet the
9USDA guidelines for "lean" by containing less than 10 grams of
10fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and 95 milligrams of
11cholesterol per 100 grams of meat; and
12    WHEREAS, Pork tenderloin is certified as heart-healthy by
13the American Heart Association with its Heart-Check mark,
14indicating that it contains less than 6.5 grams of fat, one
15gram or less of saturated fat (and 15% or less calories from
16saturated fat), and 480 milligrams or less of sodium per label
17serving, among other criteria; pork tenderloin has the same
18amount of fat as a skinless chicken breast; and
19    WHEREAS, Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in swine
20production; pork producers have enhanced feeding and breeding
21practices to deliver leaner options for today's health
22conscious consumers; and



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1    WHEREAS, The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA)
2represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois;
3the IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in
4approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois; the IPPA is an
5affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the
6National Pork Board; the Illinois pork industry contributes
7more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the State's
8economy; therefore, be it
11call upon the leaders of the State of Illinois to recognize and
12continue to defend the importance of bacon and other pork
13products, along with the pork producers, to the economy, job
14growth, and the consumer preference of the people of Illinois;
15and be it further
16    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
17presented to the Illinois Pork Producers Association as a
18symbol of our esteem and respect.