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.