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Code Date

What does the date printed on the package mean?

This date is the last day we guarantee our products to meet our high standards for taste and quality.


What does this information printed on the package mean: RC DEC 29 04 L1 03:42

It is the code date we use to identify the plant that produced the product, the expiration date of the product, and the production line and time. This information helps us for traceability purposes.

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Food Allergens

Do any of your products contain any of the major eight allergen foods?

Yes. All wheat flour tortillas and wraps contain wheat. Five of our products contain milk and/or soy ingredients: Mission Guacamole chips, Mission Guacamole Dip, Mission Cheese Sauce, Mission Picante Chicharrones, and Guerrero Hot-N-Spicy Chicharrones. Mission Foods products do not contain any of the following ingredients: peanuts, eggs, crustacea, or tree nuts. For a detailed ingredient list by product, please visit our Nutrition Information page.


Which products contain milk ingredients?

We have two products containing Milk ingredients: Mission Nacho Cheese Mild Sauce and Mission Guacamole Dip.


Which products contain soy ingredients?

The following products contain Soy ingredients: Mission Guacamole Dip, Mission Picante Chicharrones, Guerrero Hot-N-Spicy Chicharrones, Guerrero Chip Casero, Mission Habanero Pork Rinds, Guerrero Thin Chips, Mission Multi-Grain Flour Tortillas, Guerrero Riquisima Flour Tortillas, Mission Taco Shells, Mission Fat Free Flour Tortillas and Guerrero Thin Flour Tortillas.


Are Mission Foods products gluten free?

Mission Foods Corn products are produced with 100% corn flour; wheat ingredients are not added to the formulation. These products include Corn Tortillas, Corn Tortilla Chips, Taco Shells, Tostadas, Corn Gorditas, and Sopes. These products are produced in plants that also process wheat tortillas.


Is there any wheat, rye, barley, or oats in corn tortillas?

No. Mission corn tortillas do not contain wheat, rye, barley, or oat ingredients.


Are wheat flour tortillas produced in the same lines as corn products?

No, our corn production lines are dedicated to corn products only. Wheat Flour tortillas are produced in dedicated lines.


Is wheat used in any way to make the corn products?

There are no wheat ingredients or incidental wheat present in the products or on the lines that produce corn products.


Is there a potential for cross-contamination of corn products with wheat ingredients?

All Mission Foods plants have strict food safety programs in place, including a very comprehensive Allergen Control Program.


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Ingredients Used

Does Mission Foods use Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in their products?

There is MSG in the following products: nacho cheese sauce, wraps, pork rinds, tronaditas and guacamole dip. You may find the detail ingredients by product in the Nutrition Information page.


Do any of Mission Foods products contain ingredients from animal sources?

The only products that are animal based are cheese sauce, pork cracklins, and chicharrones.


What is the source of mono- and diglycerides listed on the ingredients of flour tortillas?

They are vegetable based.


Why does Mission Foods use preservatives?

Preservatives help protect the flavor and the freshness of our products. We use only the minimum amount of preservatives necessary to provide the product its shelf life.


Does Mission Foods use partially hydrogenated oils?

No, we discontinued the use of partially hydrogenated oils.


Mission flour tortillas declare 0g trans fats on the packaging and the ingredients list “hydrogenated oil.” Is it really 0g trans fats?

Trans Fats are the result of the hydrogenation of polyunsaturated fats in order to increase stability by reducing the level of double and triple bonds, which contributes to rapid oxidation of the fat resulting in reduced shelf life and increased rancidity in processed foods. In order to produce press tortillas with 0 gr of Trans Fats we at Mission Foods use a blend of fully hydrogenated soybean oil plus soybean oil which allows us to obtain products with 0 gr of transfatty acids.


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Kosher

Are Mission Foods products Kosher?

Most of our products are Kosher. Look for the Kosher symbol in our packaging. The following products are Kosher: Corn Tortillas, Flour Tortillas, Wraps, Taco Shells, Tostadas Caseras, Sopes and Corn Gorditas, Mission Chips. The following products are not Kosher: Pork Rinds, Sliced Jalapenos, Cheese Sauce, Tostadas Nortenas, Tostadas Planas, Chunky Sauces and Dinner Kits.


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Nutritional Information

Is it possible for a food product to list the amount of trans fat as 0g on the Nutrition Fact panel if the ingredient list indicates that it contains “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil?

Yes. Food manufacturers are allowed to list amount of trans fat with less than 0.5 gram (1/2g) as 0 (zero) on the Nutrition Fact panel. As a result, consumers may see a few products that list 0 grams trans fat on the label, while the ingredient list will have “shortening,” “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” or “hydrogenated vegetable oil” on it. This means the food contains very small amounts (less than 0.5g) of trans fat per serving. (Reference: FDA FAQ).


Are you looking for nutritional information for Mission products?

For Nutrition Facts values and ingredients list, please visit the Nutritional Information tool.


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Packaging

Are Mission Foods plastic bags recyclable?

Yes, they are recyclable #4.


How do I open the brown bag Mission tortilla chips?

Cut along the dotted line with scissors. Open top carefully. When done, fold the bag a few times and use a chip clip to keep bag sealed tightly.


Why is gluten free no longer on your package?

The FDA has been working on issuing a final ruling on the issue of “gluten free product”. We decided as a company to remove gluten free from our packaging until the final ruling is passed, and then we will make adjustment in our packaging, if any. The last update we have from the FDA is that they have a proposal on this issue. If you would like to get further information on this ruling, you can visit the FDA website.


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Characteristics

What is the difference between a wrap and a flour tortilla?

Wraps are a sandwich with a twist; they are larger then a regular tortilla and come in a variety of flavors. Good for appetizers and party snacks.


What is the difference between a burrito, soft taco, and fajita size tortilla?

The difference is only in the diameter. A burrito is approximately 10”, a soft taco is about 8,” and the fajita is 6”.


What are the sizes available in corn tortillas?

The typical corn tortilla size available in all markets is 6” diameter; we have 7” and 8” diameter corn tortillas available in limited areas.


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Recipes

Do your recipes have nutritional information?

We have the nutritional information for selected recipes and that information is accompanied along with the recipe. Please check the recipe page under “Dietary Needs.”


Can I get recipes by mail?

No, we are sorry, we do not have recipes available by mail.


Does Mission Foods have The Art of Light Tortillas?

No, unfortunately Mission Foods does not have this recipe booklet available, but you can find great recipes at MissionMenus.com.


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Shelf Life

What is the shelf life of Mission Products?

The shelf life of our Mission products varies depending on their formulation and storage conditions. Following is the typical shelf life of Mission products stored at ambient temperature (unopened package): Flour tortillas: 14 - 35 days (*); Tortilla Wraps: 60 days; Low Carb tortillas: 25 - 35 days; Corn tortillas: 8 - 35 days (*); Corn gorditas: 18 days; Sopes: 14 days; Corn chips: 60 days; Taco shells: 180 days; Tostadas: 60 days; Pork rinds/cracklins: 90 days; Sliced Jalapenos: 2 years; Cheese sauce: 9 months; Chunky Salsas: 12 months; Guacamole dip: 15 months. (*) For selected markets, the product is kept refrigerated at all times. Under these conditions, the shelf life of flour and corn tortillas is 60 - 90 days.


How long can tortillas be kept at ambient temperature after I buy them?

The tortillas can be left at ambient temperature and should be good until the date printed on the package.


I bought a package of tortillas and they were not refrigerated at the store. Should I refrigerate them at home?

Not necessarily. The tortillas will last at ambient temperature until the date printed on the package. If they are placed in the refrigerator until they are ready to be used, they will last longer. The shelf life in the refrigerator varies depending on the conditions the product was stored prior to placing them in a refrigerated container.


I bought a package of tortillas and they were in the refrigerated section at the store. Should I refrigerate them at home?

Yes. If the product was in the refrigerated section at the store, they have a refrigerated code date printed on the package. If the product is not kept in the refrigerator after purchase, it may grow mold before its expiration date, depending on humidity and other ambient factors.


How long can we keep the tortillas after opening the package?

It depends on the handling conditions the product was exposed to. If you are not going to consume the whole package after opening it, wash your hands, remove the tortillas you will need and tightly close the package. The product should be good until the expiration date printed on the package.


What happens to tortillas after their shelf life has expired?

They may grow mold and become dry.


Is it okay to freeze corn tortillas?

Yes, it is okay to freeze corn tortillas. It is very important that you let them thaw in the refrigerator for a day or two before using them. Corn tortillas should not be thawed in the microwave.


Is it okay to freeze flour tortillas?

Yes, it is okay to freeze flour tortillas. It is very important that you let them thaw in the refrigerator for a day or two before using them. Flour tortillas should not be thawed in the microwave.


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