Gluten-free, dairy-free mayo involved in FDA controversy: Celiac disease concerns
Hampton Creek Foods is currently involved in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) controversy and has also revealed it has been under attack from the American Egg Board (AEB). The company makes Just Mayo and Just Mayo Sriracha, which are both gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and non-GMO, and the FDA claims they are being misbranded as mayonnaise because there are no eggs. This has led to concerns about the products disappearing among the celiac disease and gluten sensitivity community.
William A. Correll, Jr., who is the director of the Office of Compliance Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote a letter to the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods about the FDA’s concerns. The official letter mentions that the Food and Drug Administration believes Just Mayo and Just Mayo Sriracha are misbranded. Correll lists several violations including that the products cannot be considered mayonnaise without eggs, the cholesterol free claim is not supported, and the labels do not list the total fat next to the cholesterol claim. In addition, the FDA points to an unauthorized health claim on the company’s website about hearth health.
The Guardian reports that the company has also faced an attack from the American Egg Board and has found emails and other documents to support this. There is evidence that the American Egg Board lobbied against Hampton Creek Foods because the products do not rely on eggs. Additionally, board members tried to stop Whole Foods from carrying Just Mayo. Unilever, the company that produces Hellman’s mayonnaise, filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods that was eventually dropped.
Joshua Tetrick, the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, has responded that he has no plans to change the name of the products. For now, Just Mayo is still available on store shelves and has not made any recipe changes. The company plans to continue to fight and challenge the food industry.
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