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SR-42 (2021-2022)

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Senate Resolution
No. 42

Introduced by Senator Min

June 10, 2021

Relative to the 84th anniversary of the introduction of SPAM to the United States.


SR 42, as introduced, Min.

WHEREAS, SPAM, the ready-to-eat, affordable, canned pork luncheon meat, was created by the Hormel Foods Corporation in 1937; and
WHEREAS, SPAM has a salty, delicious taste that can be enjoyed in various dishes or on its own; and
WHEREAS, SPAM was introduced to America on July 5, 1937; and
WHEREAS, The United States Army used SPAM widely, with over 100,000,000 pounds shipped overseas to feed allied troops during World War II, popularizing SPAM in United States territories and bases; and
WHEREAS, Guam residents consume an average of 16 cans of SPAM per person annually; and
WHEREAS, Hawaii consumes 7,000,000 cans of SPAM products annually; and
WHEREAS, SPAM was introduced to South Korea by the United States Army during the Korean War when food was scarce, and meat was even scarcer; and
WHEREAS, Today, SPAM is one of the most desirable gifts one could receive in South Korea; and
WHEREAS, In Southeast Asia, SPAM products are given as a luxury gift; and
WHEREAS, SPAM musubi—a culinary dish prepared with grilled SPAM, nori, and rice—is an iconic Asian American culinary fusion dish, and is beloved in California and elsewhere; and
WHEREAS, There are 12.8 cans of SPAM products eaten every second; and
WHEREAS, Over eight billion cans of SPAM have been sold since the Hormel Foods Corporation created and introduced SPAM; and
WHEREAS, Currently, SPAM is sold in 44 countries throughout the world; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate hereby recognizes July 5, 2021, as the 84th anniversary of the introduction of SPAM to the United States; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate celebrates SPAM as an integral part of both American and Asian American and Pacific Islander culture; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.