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USA Today has a story about how the iconic Oreo cookie has become the center of a political tumult that has drawn criticism from both sides of the political aisle, as manufacturer Nabisco's mother company, Mondelez International, " finds itself in the crosshairs of three White House hopefuls who have criticized the company for its plans to lay off hundreds of workers in Chicago as it shifts some North American production to an upgraded plant in Salinas, Mexico."

The story notes that Mondelez "will begin laying off 600 workers at its Chicago bakery on March 21. The cuts come as Mondelez shifts work to four new cookie and cracker production lines in Mexico, a $130 million investment expected to be completed by the middle of this year. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Bernie Sanders campaign have pointed to the move, which the company says will save it $46 million annually, as emblematic of the problem of big corporations offshoring of American jobs."

Trump, who has in the past served as a commercial pitchman for Oreo, has said that he won't eat the cookie again until the company moves back to the US.

The story makes clear that there are two issues at work here. One of the reasons that Mondelez is moving production to Mexico is the ability to save $46 million in production costs, but the company says that many of the jobs would've been lost to Chicago anyway because of more efficient equipment and higher productivity levels. Six hundred Chicago employees will keep their jobs there; the company is not totally eliminating its operations there.

USA Today also writes that "Oreo and other Nabisco snacks made at the newly-installed factory lines at the Mexico plant will be sold in the North America market, but the famous cookie will also continue to be made at U.S. facilities in New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia. Beyond the U.S. and Mexico, Oreos are also made in 16 other countries for sale in international markets."
KC's View:
I don't remember the Trump ads for Oreo ... I'm surprised that he'd endorse anything without his name on it.

It seems to me that there's one thing we can count on in this debate - it will be a political football, with ideologically opposing forces coming up with different solutions, but no resolutions.