Just Mayo Products Recalled For Safety Concerns

I am one of those vegans who fell in love with Just Mayo. I can still remember the first time I tried it. I was blown away. It was literally the best tasting vegan mayonnaise I had ever eaten.

Like a lot of other vegans, I was also impressed with the mission and goals of Hampton Creek, the company that makes the Just Mayo line of products. They were a company I could feel great about supporting.

Image credit: Hampton Creek | Facebook

I was shocked last night when the news broke that Target is pulling all of the Hampton Creek “Just Mayo” from it’s store shelves because of safety concerns. Hampton Creek has such a high standard it didn’t really seem likely.

What are the reasons so serious that Target would pull a popular brand of products from it’s store shelves? Just like you I wanted answers. What is wrong with my favorite mayonnaise and is it something I should be worried about?

It turns out that the safety concerns are both varied and vague. They range from pathogens in the production process to concerns over listeria and salmonella. A Target spokesman told Bloomberg the following:

The Target spokeswoman said the company received allegations of food safety concerns as well as accusations of manipulation and adulteration of Hampton Creek’s products. She said one concern involved reports of pathogens found in a manufacturing facility used by Hampton Creek. Target also received allegations that Hampton Creek products had tested positive for salmonella and listeria. Target said it hasn’t confirmed these allegations.

Hampton Creek responded quickly to these allegations made by Target. They maintained the high quality of their products and came just short of dismissing the claims outright, saying they were happy to work with the FDA to make sure.

“The allegations that our products are mislabeled and unsafe are false,” San Francisco-based Hampton Creek said in a statement. “We have robust food safety standards, and as such, we remain confident about the safety of all products we sell and distribute. We look forward to working with Target and the FDA to bring this to a quick resolution.”

What does this mean for you if you have a jar of Just Mayo in the fridge right now? That’s something you will have to decide for yourself. There hasn’t been any official warning or confirmation from the FDA.

Right now it just seems like Target may be over reacting to some allegations it received just to be on the safe side. I can’t make any recommendations for what you should do with your jar of Just Mayo, I can only tell you what I’m going to do with mine.

I’m going to eat it! In fact I think I’ll have a delicious southern treat today for lunch. A tomato sandwich with salt, black pepper, and plenty of Just Mayo.

391 thoughts on “Just Mayo Products Recalled For Safety Concerns”

    1. I thought that was odd also! I’m thinking it could be a very specific thing with shipments made to Target….or it could be the preliminary for a larger scale recall…hard to say yet.

  1. THIS is more bullshit. Baseless allegations, 100% no proof or factual findings, no tests showing positive results for all reports. It’s something shady trying to take down Hampton Creek. Please don’t help people boycott a great company over nothing.

  2. Could this just be another ploy by the community against non GMO’s, Oganic, and Vegan products to discredit them and make those that do not thrive to change to a cleaner lifestyle feel like “See, it’s no better than our stuff”. A way to sabatoge the competition. As people are becoming more aware of the poisons in our food, this kind of activitiy, retaliation, will become an issue.

  3. Remember when Target announced last year they’re switching to cage free eggs within the next few years? This means they’re currently working with the egg industry to make that happen.
    No one has claimed sickness due to Hampton Creek products. I eat this stuff everyday, purchased off the shelf at Target, and have yet to get sick by it.

    To me it seems like another low attempt to target a vegan company because they pose a direct threat to the profits of the egg industry.

  4. I get mine from Meijer, Busches, or Whole Foods. The jar in our fridge is half gone so I’m going to go with it’s perfectly fine. Would not be surprised to find the dairy/egg industry is behind this.

  5. I just bought two last weekend. Not worried at all. Just think it is sour grapes. Didn’t win the lawsuit so competitors making mayonnaise are trying a darker tactic. I also won t shop at Target anymore.

    1. ….you brought me the WHORE mayonnaise on CHRISTMAS EVE?!?
      Mom do you understand that nothing is open? I spent $7 on it at 7-11. It was the only thing open.
      You have the BALLS to bring that WHORE mayonnaise into this house?!

      lol I was so lost

  6. Is it just the Mayo? We have the Caesar and ranch dressing. Just bought them from Whole Foods. So in love but I have a terrible stomach and don’t want to get sick. Thoughts!?

  7. “What does this mean for you if you have a jar of Just Mayo in the fridge right now? That’s something you will have to decide for yourself. There hasn’t been any official warning or confirmation from the FDA.” —-There isn’t even a recall yet.

    1. Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Water, White Distilled Vinegar, Contains less than 2% of Sugar, Salt, Spice, Modified Food Starch, Pea Protein, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (preservative). – no soy. And just yummy.

    2. You have a point in a lot of cases. Faux vegan foods can be horrible. You are wrong in this case however. Any reasonable person would conclude this vegan mayo is healthier than mayo with eggs. That being said, there is no such thing as healthy mayo and I don’t think any reasonable person who actually cared about their health that much would eat it period.

    1. I dont how legit that post is. It seems kinda off. It says that hampton creek is claiming that they’re very strict with food safety. If its really true, thats messed up because we both just bought some.????

    1. All of that is clearly in the article. And maybe you have a different word to use when products are pull nationally from a stores shelves, but historically that has been a recall.

    2. A recall is when a company “recalls” a product back to their facility or disposal. A recall is only done by a company. No one else orders it or can order one. So no, it’s not a recall according to millions of North Americans. It’s click bait .

  8. What I want to know is where those ‘allegations’ came from that caused Target to pull the product. The egg industry has had it in for Hampton foods from the get go. At this point I trust Hampton foods over whatever source made those allegations.

  9. That’s a bunch of ridiculous hype about nothing. Is Target receiving anonymous messages with these warnings? Why just Target? There’s no way the FDA is going to do anything about a vegan product. They don’t want it on the shelf. It’s cutting into the profits of the meat and dairy industry.

    1. Well we all agree it’s suspicious at best. But hopefully it will be cleared soon. This would be a huge financial crush to Hampton Creek and we really like that company

  10. Recall for when??? This article is crap and doesn’t say what to look for. ALL Hampton Creek Mayo products?? Or just ones purchased with a certain expiration date???? Vegan Addict

    1. Everything that is known is in the article. It is not our fault that there isn’t any more information available. Do shoot the messenger. If you bought your mayo at Target, then use caution. If you didn’t then don’t us caution. Personally I’m not worried and I will be eating mine.

  11. Sounds like a conspiracy to me – from the people who “joked” about killing the Hampton Creek CEO because they saw the brand as a threat. I would change your headline – this might be a different story depending on the evidence.

    1. When a nationwide chain pulls a product from it’s shelf, it is a recall. Before you leave such terse messages you should educate yourself.

      There are voluntary recalls by the manufacturer.
      There are mandatory recalls by the FDA.
      There are voluntary recalls by the retailer.

      This is the latter.

  12. There’s definitely something suspicious about this. I call disgruntled executives who were just fired for trying (and failing) to oust Josh and take over HC.

  13. What came to my mind was sabotage by a larger company, guess who lol. One thing I always wondered is why it is sold in the fridge in some stores, and on the shelf in others. I always buy the ones on the shelf, much cheaper. It seems the health food stores keep it cold, and the grocery stores on shelf.

    1. Target pulling a product nationwide over safety concerns is a recall. In fact this is one of the very definitions of a recall. I can’t believe so many people are making comments like this

      Manufacturer voluntary recall
      FDA mandated recall
      Retailer voluntary recall

      All are recalls. This is the latter.

    2. Agreed. If I hadn’t stopped to read the article I would have thought it was an official product recall. Misleading. Heads up, if “so many” people are making this comment, you should take it as feedback rather than criticizing them…

    3. So if a brand is pulled off a shelf without customer knowledge other than the fact a customer can find that brand on the shelf anymore is that a recall?? Seems like target is publicly announcing the end of their ties with a brand and it’s being rebranded into a “recall”

  14. I don’t believe this for one second. I guess omni mayo manufacturers are scared because who doest love a company like Hampton Creek. I don’t have any mayo on the fridge right now but of course when I need some, they are my go to and only. 🙂

  15. They sell just mayo at walmart too for people who did not know. I believe the product is fine. I mean the actual company wouldn’t of wrote back about it if something was wrong. Soooo go buy your just mayo at walmart 🙂

  16. I love that stuff. I hope they try to make one with only olive oil too. Im not vegan and i love creating dishes using just mayo.

    Btw, you can make great mayo at home in a pinch using aquafaba and oil (bean liquid)

  17. OMG, people… Does anyone understand how hard many of the animal product companies work to discredit vegan products? Take a chill pill and wait for the FDA to say it is unsafe.

    1. Three executives of the company were just fired for trying to oust Josh and take over HC. My take is that that is who the report came from – disgruntled former employees.

    1. unfortunately they aren’t saying much. Just that they received reports from some unnamed source that the factory has issues and the food is dangerous. It sounds suspicious. Sorry the link will not work for you. It it’s working for us on all browsers, laptop and phone.

    2. I’m in the mountains of California so it’s probably a issue on my end. If they aren’t specifying the issues then it definitely seems suspicious to me. If it was an actual danger, they would say EXACTLY the problem is..

  18. My target has pulled everything except the Just Ranch. Maybe they accidentally put it out? Oh well, buying one for good measure.

    Update: they wouldn’t let me purchase it.

  19. Omg I JUST heard about this from my boyfriend And I IMMEDIATELY when to the fact that the animal agriculture industry has WAY too much POWER AND MONEY and most likely had something to do with this!

    1. They have been trying to shut this company down for a while as it just grows bigger and bigger. Honestly it’s the only mayo I will use. No one has ever complained about it. In fact I’ve gotten people to switch.

  20. I’m not vegan. Was years ago though. I feel if target pulled it there has to be a good reason not just damage control. Listeria and salmonella are really serious. Bluebell ice cream went through denial too or blamed it on one plant when it was several in more states than just Texas. Just the same, diehard Bluebell ice cream fans in Texas were irate at every food store that pulled their ice cream. It even got political when alternatives were suggested until the plant issues were resolved. Threats to boycott stores too over the recall.They’d risk a hospital bill to have their favorite Texas ice cream over some liberal Yankee Ben&jerry’s pints. Great, that meant more New York super fudge chunk for me! No baskin Robbins either.
    Honestly, if it were me, I’d go for Vegannaise or something along those lines rather than risk getting sick, until you can get your favorite back. Companies can lie as in the case of bluebell. Not worth it.

  21. I finished one jar last week and with the new jar made tartar sauce, put it on “hamburgers” and made chickpea”tuna” salad. I feel this has more to do with another company maybe spreading false information if you ask me.

  22. Is this the company that was sued because it was called ‘mayo’ and doesn’t have eggs? I smell rotten eggs. Did Target get money from a mayo company??? Wouldn’t be surprised

  23. I called both target AND Hampton Creek. There is NO RECALL (I called earlier today) The claim is that there was ‘testing’ (but no one could tell me by who at Target) done and that SALMONELLA and LISTERIA were found in their products. Make no mistake that this is bullshit. Salmonella comes from eggs, raw chicken etc and listeria comes from poo. In short, ANIMALS. Since Just Mayo is vegan, unless it was introduced by an outside source… #justsayin

    Hampton Creek told me that they are going to release a statement. Here is their contact info in the meantime:

    Hampton Creek

    You can also email us at [email protected]
    or just call us +1 (844) 423-6637

    Please don’t listen to the hype…make sure to do your own research. In this day and political climate, its more important than ever…

  24. Mmm, just discovered their SALAD DRESSINGS! F-ing delicious. They didn’t have the chipotle ranch today so I just got the regular ranch & mixed it w chipotle!

  25. Target probably has financial dealings with a mother company profiting off of regular Mayo in some way. Why would Target be the only company to pull it if their were a legitimate concern? Just Mayo is sold almost everywhere, if it were the product itself the other stores would pull it too.

  26. Oh great. Its the only mayo I can eat. Im allergic to soy! and thats what they put in Mayo now. soybean oil. ugh Well I just finished one and Im in the middle of using the other bottle so I will just finish it. So far Im standing!

  27. It turns out that the safety concerns are both varied and vague. They range from pathogens in the production process to concerns over listeria and salmonella. A Target spokesman told Bloomberg the following:

    “The Target spokeswoman said the company received allegations of food safety concerns as well as accusations of manipulation and adulteration of Hampton Creek’s products. She said one concern involved reports of pathogens found in a manufacturing facility used by Hampton Creek. Target also received allegations that Hampton Creek products had tested positive for salmonella and listeria. Target said it hasn’t confirmed these allegations.“

    Hampton Creek responded quickly to these allegations made by Target. They maintained the high quality of their products and came just short of dismissing the claims outright, saying they were happy to work with the FDA to make sure.

  28. I feel like a conspiracy theorist here, but my first thought is that this is bullsh*t brought on by the Meat/Dairy industry! The claims are so vague, there’s no dairy in the product, it feels fishy, IMO

  29. This photo and headline is extremely misleading and it pisses me off. I think it’s pretty reckless for you to share it too. There has not been an official recall. Target just decided to take matters into their own hands because of some (so far) unproven allegations. Smells like rotten eggs to me.

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