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Vegan mayo company receives letter from the FDA reporting that “Just Mayo” product name is misleading!

Lynn Griffith
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The Food and Drug Administration is the subject of much controversy within the United States.  In 2013, there was a controversy in regards to statin medications, and the fact that there is no proof that these medication reduce risk of heart attack or stroke.  When asked about their role in approving statins in relationship to cardiovascular disease, the Food and Drug Administration responded that they may grant licenses to drugs without them having been proved beneficial to health. (1)

FDA admits that they may grant licenses to drugs without having proved them to be beneficial to health!

Recently, they announced OxyContin approval for use with children and cited that it is to help those children who suffer from extreme pain in relationship to illness, chemotherapy, or traumatic accident.  (2)

Did FDA approve OxyContin for children without having the med proved beneficial to the health of children?

The FDA has made it back in the news again, but instead of approving drugs without sufficient research backing, this time they are after a vegan mayo company.  (3)

A San Francisco food-tech startup company, Hampton Creek Foods, that produces “Just Mayo” received a warning letter from the FDA reporting that they need to change the name of their eggless mayonnaise.  (3)

FDA protecting America from vegan mayonnaise?

The FDA wrote in it’s letter:  “The name “Just Mayo” and an image of an egg are prominently featured on the labels for these products. The term “mayo” has long been used and understood as shorthand or slang for mayonnaise. The use of the term “mayo” in the product names and the image of an egg may be misleading to consumers because it may lead them to believe that the products are the standardized food, mayonnaise, which must contain eggs as described under 21 CFR 169.140(c).”(3)

The letter does not stop at the FDA’s criticism of the companies label and possible confusion for consumers, but also notes that “modified food starch” does not “meet the definition of the standard for mayonnaise.” (3)

Hamptom Creek has until early September 2015 to respond to the FDA.  In October 2014, Hampton Creek was sued by the manufacturer of Best Foods Mayonnaise for false advertising, but the case was dropped in December 2014.(3)

It’s good to know the FDA is working to protect consumers from accidentally purchasing a vegan mayonnaise (exhausted sarcasm).  We wouldn’t want those individuals taking FDA questionably approved medication to accidentally ingest vegan mayo!

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.drbriffa.com
(2) www.fda.gov
(3) arstechnica.com

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