FDA rule forces Mrs. Mike’s to change 50 year tradition

Freeport, Illinois — For the last 50 years Freeport’s famous Mrs. Mike’s Potato Chips have been made with Partially Hydrogenated Soy based oil but in 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked food providers to eliminate the ingredient by 2018.

In line with the global movement to phase out partially hydrogenated oils by 2020, the FDA is enforcing a rule change on small companies like Mrs. Mike’s to use oils that are not partially hydrogenated, as the partial hydrogenation process makes trans fats. Mrs. Mike’s now has to use a Soy based oil that is approved by our government, whether their customers like it or not.

Mrs. Mike’s says they believe the government should allow consumers to make their own choices, and that they should be responsible for truth in labeling our products, as they have done for many years. The FDA, however, does not agree, and Mrs. Mike’s is making the changes that are required by law.

“You can be assured that we are working hard to monitor our process, and are trying as best we can to maintain the flavor of our chips as much as possible.”, the company said.

“We hope that you, our valued customers will bear with us as we weather this change together. As always, we are here for you, and are happy to hear your notes of support, and suggestions to help make our product the best it can be!”

For any customers concerned about peanut allergies, Mrs. Mike’s says their new oil is still soy based, and Mrs. Mike’s will remain peanut free. You can visit Mrs. Mike’s online by going here.

The Mrs. Mike’s Potato Chip Company was purchased by Butch Mordick in 1971 and today has a worldwide customer base. Mrs. Mike’s still operates out of the same building they opened with in 1971.

They are located at 70 East Monterey Street in Freeport, Illinois and be reached by telephone at 815.232.7819.

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More information:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/17/2015-14883/final-determination-regarding-partially-hydrogenated-oils

https://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2015/06/protecting-consumers-from-trans-fat/

132 thoughts on “FDA rule forces Mrs. Mike’s to change 50 year tradition

      • February 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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        DOWN WITH THE GOVERNMENT….mess with me, my wife and my home…DO NOT mess with my pets or my Mrs Mikes!!!! 45 years…GONE…:( ……..Freeport was always Mrs Mikes and Glicks Market for their “ham salad” . Now Glicks has been gone for years and even longer for their ham salad ANOTHER government intrusion, and Mrs Mikes…..

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    Thanks Government for telling me what I can or can not eat. I really appreciate you making my decisions for me. I’m sure that’s exactly what our founders had in mind.

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm
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    The new taste is not good. Sorry to say but they ruined mrs, mikes chips. I wont buy them again unless they go back. So sad , they were honesty my favorite chips.

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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    Everyone needs to give Mrs Mikes establishment a chance to get the recipe as close as they can to pre forcing of change. I’ve purchased 4 large bags since the change and each time they get better. I really hate the comments I’ll never buy again – come on people be patient and try them every now and then. So what if you spend $3 and decide they are not correct yet! I’m sure you have wasted more than that on something you didn’t eat or use!!

    • February 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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      THAT is only fair….My trouble is I live in WA state now and it cost a bit to get them out here. I was spending $80.00 every couple months to get my 10 bags……I am an addict. LOL I even got them when I was in Iraq in 2004…I will try to order only a bag if I can every so often…. Thank you Mrs Yoder…..

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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    Yes they taste different but I will stand by Mrs Mike’s and I will continue to purchase. This small company can’t help what the stupid government enforces, it totally sucks but it’s not Mrs Mike’s fault and they will work hard to find an oil that will get the taste close they don’t taste bad just a tad different Geez people

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    Noooooo…..same thing happend to “Mrs.Fischer’s” in rockford..and everyone overthere says they are not the same…and for a mrs.mikes lover as myself this sux..i know which chips to buy if i want to be on the healthey side..but when i want a good tasting chip u gotta stay with the original

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm
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    You can still poison yourself with tobacco and alcohol, but we better change food ingredients/cooking methods.

  • January 29, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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    I don’t want to spend $50 to have them shipped to me if they taste bad. I wish I had know prior. I would’ve stocked up.

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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    Trans fats are terrible. Funny how people want no gmo, etc. But will eat trans fats. I think we should have a choice though. Maybe a small warning label but jeez don’t put them out of business.

    • January 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm
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      It should be our choice. I don’t think the majority of us eat a steady diet of chips. It’s a treat, the government has no business dictating whether we can have them or not.

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    Tried them and yuck so nasty I won’t buy them again stinks that the government and the FDA has to control everything

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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    Can we start a black market with the trans fat chips? I recently bought a bag and they weren’t as good. I will still support them- just said the government thinks they need to stick their noses everywhere

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    if they taste any thing like the new mrs fishers dont want any part of them they r just nasty run a great company that has been a favorite for many yrs into the ground thats what the government does best!!

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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    I thought they tasted different (didn’t care for them as much) but will keep buying until they are (again) the most delicious chips ever.

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    Like anyone ever ate Mrs. Mikes and thought it was good for their diet. I will still support them – I’m sure whatever they come up with will be good even if it’s different. LOVE their pretzels and cheese popcorn, too

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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    And people wonder why there has been so much cancer in the Freeport area. This is one cause. Rid all of that crap from your diet. All those fake butters and processed cheese. All bad.

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    I returned the bag. The clerk and I had a discussion about the taste and we both were confused, as we both said, we have never had a bad bag of Mrs Mike’s. Thanks for the update.

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    Too bad they don’t care about what happens to our insides as much as they care about our outsides….

    Anyone want some cigarettes?smh

  • January 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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    Yes, they taste a lot different, however I just bought my second bag , they will never taste the same THANKS to the FDA, but I want to continue to support Mrs. Mike’s!

  • January 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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    if the gov would worry more about the gmo poisoning in just about everthing, we’d all be healthier and could handle some trans fats.

  • January 29, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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    I put a comment on the Mrs Mikes page on Friday and asked if the recipe had changed and the guy basically told me you must have been my taste buds because they taste okay to him they don’t taste the same I will try them again hopefully they get the recipe back as close as they can to the way it used to be and I’ll buy them all the time but they could have just straight up told us that they had to change their oil

  • January 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm
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    Now if the city would make it easier to get to Mrs. Mikes, long overdue for street repairs, or just simply a new decent street to drive on, there are other people that live on that street that would probably like to see the street without popholes etc.

    • January 29, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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      Ughh. Bummer. The first time we noticed the difference it was bad but the most recent weren’t as horrible. Still significantly better than Mrs fischers

  • January 29, 2018 at 10:20 pm
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    If the gov. Wants to moniter everything to save us from ourselves may as well outlaw cigarettes, alcohol, ANY junk food, air, plastic, etc. Where do they draw the line?

  • January 29, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    This is too bad. I avoid soy for health reasons, and loved the fact that Mrs. Mike’s were delicious and healthier for me than mass produced brands.

    • January 30, 2018 at 3:15 am
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      The funny part of the antigovernment comments is that the govt is trying to remove an artificial, unhealthy ingredient added during the manufacturing process; on a different day, the same people would be screaming about a govt coverup if the ingredient weren’t removed. FDA can’t win. I don’t know what Zapps potato chips did to their recipe, but it’s different too and those were my favs. “Cajun Crawtaters”

      • February 13, 2018 at 5:50 pm
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        trump is removing all the other regulations….why cant he remove THIS ONE?? Years ago I was in Army Special Forces. Had to take my physical again. Had just finished off a box (10 big bags) of my awesome Mrs Mikes. When it came back I was …of course, in GREAT shape to include all my cholesterol levels. SO the government is full of crap. Mrs Mikes is better for me, than so many other things out, it is just that Mrs Mikes cant afford to go to DC and BUY OFF, I mean Lobby the Congress……

  • January 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    Government – Fats are bad. Carbs are great though! Eat 300g of carbs per day and you’re set!
    Idiots. Get rid of carbs and leave the fats alone.

  • January 29, 2018 at 11:43 pm
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    Now the friggin government has to screw up my potato chips too? Butch, we absolutely stick with you and your sons. Mts mikes is a tradition to be preserved.

  • January 30, 2018 at 12:08 am
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    I wonder who I should call in government to see what I am allowed to make for dinner? Support Mrs. Mike’s. The will get it dialed in.

  • January 30, 2018 at 12:08 am
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    Your story is not quite accurate. Mrs. Mikes didn’t move to Monterey Street until the late 70’s. Attached are some photos for some proof (and a little history).

    • January 30, 2018 at 12:17 am
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      I do remember Mrs. Mikes being on Galena Avenue in 1977 between where Anne’s Garden Center office is on the North Side of Galena Avenue and where Subway currently is. At one time there was a Stereo Electronics store in the front, then it become a Taco Restaurant (or vice versa) with several car wash bays between the restaurant and Mrs. Mikes in the very back part of that location. I’m guessing Mrs. Mikes moved sometime between 1978 and 1980 to Monterey. This photo is from the 1980 phone book.

    • January 30, 2018 at 12:27 am
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      Monterey has been severely neglected by the city. Have to wonder how much business they lose because people refuse to drive on that pathetic street.

    • January 30, 2018 at 12:30 am
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      It was bad when I lived there for a year and a half (1986-1988). I moved not because of the bad road … but because the basement of my home was submerged in flood waters twice … came within inches of my living quarters.

    • January 30, 2018 at 12:35 am
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      I remember Butch at Mrs. Mikes telling me the story that Freeport had 2 potato chip manufacturers. One bought out the other and changed the name to Mrs. Mikes.

  • January 30, 2018 at 2:16 am
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    Definite difference in taste. We like to try different chips and had recently purchased a bag from Shopko. Just read on the back that in the state of California and ingredients they use, acrylamide, is known to cause cancer! Shake my head!!

  • January 30, 2018 at 3:05 am
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    Mrs. Mike’s Chips is not a health food–it is a treat to be eaten in that manner–you could binge, but then you have to make amends with your system

    • February 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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      THAT IS A FACT…..JACK!!…or in this case…Doug.. lol…..I always thought I would be buried with a case of Mrs Mikes….
      .

  • January 31, 2018 at 5:55 am
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    I’m not at liberty to divulge any part of the process that goes into making Mrs. Mikes Potato Chips but just take my word on the fact that they will be just as good as they always were because of how they are processed and cooked. I worked there for 15 years. I started in 1972 when we were on Galena St. and left in 1987 to start a career with ups. Fret not! You will not be disappointed.

  • February 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    I want to say one more thing, then I will shut the heck up… lol . I may be disappointed in the chips that THE GOVERNMENT has FORCED Butch and the GREAT folks at Mrs Mikes to make. And I will see if I can get someone in Freeport to mail be a bag every couple months to see if they are able to find a close resemblance of what once was the BEST CHIP IN THE WORLD!!! and trust me, I HAVE tried chips from literally ALL 7 continents and the best was always Mrs Mikes….I know, that if there is ANY way that they can make them close to the same as before…Butch will try his best to do it!! THANK YOU BUTCH and ALL THE FOLKS AT MRS MIKES…..

  • February 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm
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    One VERY LAST message. I JUST NOW 1440 hours 2/13/2018, got a box of Mrs Mikes in the mail. Asking me my thoughts………Though it would criminal to say they tasted like the ….Oldie and goldie original Mrs Mikes (OGOMM). They DO taste much better than the 10 bags I tossed (MAN how I HATE saying those words) 🙁 last month……. I could tell as soon as I opened the bag…..took a nice long inhale, and realized they were not OGOMM’s , BUT may just be on the right path….These are still MUCH better than those dang Lays chips… THANK YOU BUTCH!!! You are STILL DA MAN…..no matter what this stickin government does to you….

  • April 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm
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    For the last couple of years, family members have been bringing me Mrs. Mike’s as a treat. I remarked once how much they reminded me of the same chip flavor by Mrs. Howe’s from my youth in the Milwaukee area. I had not tasted that flavor since my teens.

    Today, I opened a new bag of Mrs. Mike’s and that flavor was gone. I was puzzled why that unique, familiar taste wasn’t there. Then I received this Freeport News article. While the new Mrs. Mike’s tastes now like most other chips, the company should be lauded for the apparent care they put into making their product. Consistent thinness, crispiness, and a very light color. No overdone chips. I consider that remarkable for a mass produced item.

    So Mrs. Mike’s had to get a makeover. I will live with a healthier chip and the memory of two tasty ladies in my life—Mrs. Mike’s and Mrs. Howe’s.

  • April 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm
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    The chip of my youth is gone.these new chips taste terrible. No thank you!

  • May 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    Didn’t know there was a change until I opened the pack! We have family in Freeport who ship us chips every year for my birthday. They were my favorite. I had a 2017 bag from the freezer to compare this to. Not even close to the same chip. Super greasy, and basically a copy of Lays. Yuck.

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