The Truth in Labeling Campaign (TLC) is all about knowledge -- about the consumer’s right to know what is in his or her food. About the consumer’s right to understand that neurotoxic amino acids, some of which contain cancer-causing propanols or heterocyclic amines, are being intentionally added to processed food – with the knowledge and approval of the FDA. About giving consumers the information needed to avoid ingesting those neurotoxic amino acids and those carcinogens if they choose to do so.
TLC was incorporated in 1994 to take a more aggressive role in bringing about the labeling of MSG in processed food than the directors of the consumer group NOMSG were willing to take. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing full and clear labeling of all processed food. We are an all-volunteer organization funded entirely through donations. Neither our staff nor our directors are paid. We rent no office, and we use no professional fund raisers. Even the cost of disseminating information is primarily borne by volunteers.
Our activities, recorded in these web pages, have included visits to congresspersons and scientists, attendance at food industry meetings, testimony before representatives of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and suing the FDA. But more significant than anything else we have done, has been making information on the toxic potential of MSG and where it is hidden in food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, dietary supplements, pesticide and fertilizer products, and vaccines available to consumers.
The heart of this organization lies in two of its directors. One, a health care professional, has an acute sensitivity to MSG – a life-threatening sensitivity to MSG. The second, an experimental psychologist by training with expertise in learning, test construction, research design, methodology, and statistics, has the ability to recognize design flaws in research reports – including those research reports that claim to have found that MSG is “safe”. Both have the expertise needed to understand the science underlying Jack’s life-threatening sensitivity, and the ability to distinguish between the fact of his sensitivity and the fiction generated by those who profit from the manufacture and sale of MSG.
Our first project has been to secure identification of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) whenever and wherever it occurs in processed food. Concerned consumers have tried to work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for over 20 years on this issue, but have found no evidence that the FDA is acting on behalf of consumers. It is clear that only through a grassroots effort will the FDA's refusal to require labeling of all MSG be resolved.
It is with this in mind that the TLC joined with 29 petitioners whose ranks included physicians, researchers, and parents acting on behalf of their MSG-sensitive children, in filing a Citizen Petition with the FDA asking the FDA to require labeling of all MSG found in processed foods. The publicity generated by the petition and a subsequent lawsuit generated help from hundreds of volunteers who now pass out information to grocers, physicians, friends, and legislators on the toxic effects of MSG and the ingredients in which it is hidden.
The petition and subsequent lawsuit did not, however, have an impact on labeling. After turning down the Citizen Petition, the FDA succeeded in getting the lawsuit set aside, using the Administrative Procedures Act, that allows agencies of the U.S. government to tell the court what material it may or may not look at. Through use of a legal technicality, the FDA managed to withhold evidence contained in its own files that testifies to the fact that MSG has toxic potential.
We continue to serve as a source of accurate information and sounding board for those who seek the truth. We invite you to work with us in our continued efforts to secure labeling of all MSG in all processed food, with the amounts present to be stated in milligrams. We also invite you to download and share the information on this Web site with others.
Our 20 year search for truth is described in some detail on this Web site. We are please to share the material that we collected along the way with those who might benefit from it.
OUR SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE
Faced with limited resources for ourselves, and glutamate-industry-control of the FDA, EPA, USDA, NIH, medical community, and the media, we rely on individual consumers, a few concerned organizations, and the Internet for dissemination of information about the toxic potential of processed free glutamic acid (MSG.
The following reflect the information we have assembled and shared with others.
INFORMATION ASSEMBLED AND SHARED WITH OTHERS
· The web page of the Truth in Labeling Campaign (www.truthinlabeling.org)
Brochures downloadable from our web page
· “Truth in Labeling” brochure
Information in a nutshell: summaries of material easy to download and share:
· Hidden Sources of Processed Free Glutamic Acid (MSG): ingredients that serve as common MSG-reaction
Thoughts from the editor:
· For Better or Worse (September, 2000)
· For Better or Worse (December, 2000)
· For Better or Worse (September, 2002)
· CSPI: No friend of the MSG-sensitive (December, 2007)
Articles published in:
· Conscious Choice
· Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
· Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions
We have presented material on the toxic potential of MSG to the:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
· Citizen Petition in the Matter of Proposed Remedial Regulations Regarding Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) (FDA Docket No. 94P-0444 (December 12, 1994)
· Truth in Labeling Campaign, et al., Plaintiffs vs. Donna Shalala, et al., Defendants. Suit brought before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division. No. 4:95CV1633 TCM (August 29, 1995)
· Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) under contract to the FDA. Findings published July, 1992. Safety of amino acids used as dietary supplements. Bethesda, MD: Life Sciences Research Office, FASEB.
· Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) under contract to the FDA. Finding published July1995. Analysis of adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate (MSG). Bethesda, MD: Life Sciences Research Office, FASEB.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on approving use of monosodium glutamate in products used in agriculture. The Rule established “an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the biochemical glutamic acid in or on all food commodities, when applied as a plant growth and crop yield enhancer in accordance with good agricultural practices.
· The Rule
· … we have found the exemptions for the requirement of a tolerance for residues of "glutamic acid" and "GABA" in or on all food commodities, and the unconditional registration of "GABA," "glutamic acid" (sometimes referred to as "L-glutamic acid"), and AuxiGro WP (AuxiGro), to be unwarranted. June 15, 2001.
· Objection of the Truth in Labeling Campaign submitted to the EPA in objection to granting processed free glutamic acid (MSG) an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of processed free glutamic acid (MSG), August 16, 2001.
California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)
· … we have found the exemptions for the requirement of a tolerance for residues of "glutamic acid" and "GABA" in or on all food commodities, and the unconditional registration of "GABA," "glutamic acid" (sometimes referred to as "L-glutamic acid"), and AuxiGro WP (AuxiGro), to be unwarranted. (June 15, 2001)
San Francisco City/County Board of Supervisors
Australia/NewZealand Food Authority (ANZFA)
· Australia/NewZealand Food Authority (ANZFA) which announced that an application had been received from the New South Wales Department of Health (NSW Health) seeking to require restaurants and other food outlets to notify consumers if monosodium glutamate had been added during food preparation (June 18, 2002)
American Medical Association
Weston A. Price Foundation
Celiac Sprue Association
NoMSG consumer group
Nutrition for Optimal Health Association (NOHA)
We respond to questions.
We support consumer advocacy
We recommend material produced by selected others:
4-part series on The Dangers of MSG.
§ Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills with Dr. Russel Blaylock
§ Is MSG good for you? Bad for you? Watch this tape. It was done by Vincent Bellonzi.