In the Mix: Donald Trump Cuts Out Oreos

The Republican presidential candidate cuts out Oreos, Just Mayo receives a warning letter from the FDA, and health-conscious consumers appear to be tipping the recall scales. Find out more in this edition of In the Mix.

Trump Cuts Out Oreos

Oreo cookies are apparently no longer a part of Donald Trump's diet.

The Republican presidential candidate this week again said he would stop eating Oreos due to parent company Mondelez International's decision to shift some of its cookie production to Mexico from a plant in Chicago. Trump said he would consider eating the cookies again if he could find some made in the United States.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Mondelez said that while four new production lines are being implemented at the plant in Salinas, Mexico, the Chicago plant will remain open, although the number of jobs there will decrease from 1,200 to about 600.

A Mondelez spokesperson also said Oreos will continue to be made at U.S. plants in New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia. So perhaps a snack is in order for Trump at some point on the campaign trail.

What’s in a Name?

Hampton Creek, the maker of popular mayonnaise alternative Just Mayo, received a warning letter from the FDA earlier this month indicating that the product’s name and label could be misleading because mayonnaise must contain eggs, and that Just Mayo does not.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick said earlier this week that he had a conversation with the FDA about the matter and is open to further discussion. Tetrick said he doesn't believe Just Mayo will have to changes its name, according to the AP.

The FDA said it had no comment beyond its warning letter, which also noted that Just Mayo contains ingredients such as modified food starch, pea protein and beta-carotene, which are not permitted by the standard of identity for mayonnaise. 

A Healthy Number of Recalls

Are health-conscious consumers tipping the recall scales? According to the Stericycle Recall Index for the second quarter of 2015, the answer is yes.

Stericycle says the increase in the number of healthy products available in the marketplace is leading to an increase in associated recalls. Since 2012, more than 60 percent of food recalls have been related to healthy products, according to Stericycle.

And 65 percent of recall events in the second quarter of 2015 were related to healthy food, many of which involved labeling issues and listeria contamination.