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Avoiding MSG

MSG is shorthand for processed free glutamic acid. It is a toxic substance used in food, drugs, cosmetics, and pesticide products without disclosure.

The flavor enhancer know as "monosodium glutamate" was first brought to the United States in quantity in the late 1940s. Today, processed free glutamic acid (MSG), the toxic ingredient in "monosodium glutamate," is found in virtually all processed food.

In 1997, MSG was introduced in a plant "growth enhancer" (AuxiGro) to be sprayed on growing crops. Testing of AuxiGro was approved by the EPA in September, 1997, and test crops that had been sprayed with processed free glutamic acid (MSG) were brought to market without telling consumers.

A number of people reported MSG reactions following ingestion of lettuce, strawberries, and the giant russet potatoes that came to market in 1997 -- people who didn't know that those crops might have been sprayed with a product that contained MSG.

EPA approvals of AuxiGro began in 1998.  On January 7, 1998, processed free glutamic acid (MSG) used as a plant growth and crop yield enhancer was granted an exemption from establishment of a tolerance limit by the EPA -- meaning that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) could be used as a plant growth and crop yield enhancer without restriction.  The January 7, 1998 Final Rule sanctioned the use of unregulated amounts of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) (calling it "the biochemical glutamic acid") regardless of how much processed free glutamic acid (MSG) residue might be left in or on any or all food commodities when bought by consumers -- when the processed free glutamic acid was applied as a plant growth and crop yield enhancer. Shortly thereafter, the EPA began to approve AuxiGro for use on specific crops.  Today we know of no crop that the EPA has failed to approve for spraying.

By and large, individual states rubber stamped the EPA's approvals.  For those few exceptions, Auxein/Emerald BioAgriculture set in motion the processes needed for individual state approvals. The most significant exception has been the State of California which has, to date, approved only almonds, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, melons, grapes, and stone fruits (peaches, nectarine, plums, pluots, prunes, apricots, and cherries.  The glutamate industry continues to press for approvals of AuxiGro for additional crops and additional uses in California.

At the same time that Auxein/Emerald BioAgriculture was working on securing EPA approvals for AuxiGro, Auxein/Emerald BioAgriculture was also working to secure organic certification for its AuxiGro and the processed free glutamic acid (MSG) contained in it.  In the late 1990's, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), was pushing for these organic approvals over the objections of the Truth in Labeling Campaign.  According to communications from Miguel Guerrero, Product Review Coordinator of OMRI, AuxiGro was never OMRI Listed, and "in 2002, [OMRI] voluntarily removed the product from consideration because the new National Organic Program Rule would have clearly prohibited it."

Processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is hidden in food, drugs, cosmetics, fertilizer, fungicides, plant "growth enhancers," and pesticides. Hidden, we believe, because the glutamate industry understands that MSG is a toxic substance: that it causes adverse reactions, brain lesions, endocrine disorders and more. Furthermore, the glutamate industry must certainly understand, as we do, that if the MSG in food, drugs, and cosmetics was disclosed on product labels, people who reacted adversely to those products might realize that is was the MSG they were reacting to, and might, therefore, refrain from buying any products that contained MSG.

MSG is hidden in processed food

MSG is hidden in infant formula

MSG is hidden in fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides

MSG is sprayed on growing fruits, grains, and vegetables

There have been reports of MSG reactions to produce

MSG is hidden in wine. Yes, MSG is sprayed on California wine grapes

A limited number of MSG-containing ingredients have been approved for organic use and are being used today.

MSG is used in kosher food -- and some MSG is made with enzymes that come from pork.

MSG is used in cosmetics

MSG is used in medications

MSG is used in vaccines, including vaccines that are injected into children

Protein drinks often recommended for seniors, and enteral feeding products (tube feeding) are sources of MSG

Protein powders sold in health food stores are sources of MSG

MSG is hidden in food with labels that say "No Added MSG," "No MSG Added," and "No MSG"

MSG is hidden if food that is falsely advertised as containing no MSG

MSG is hidden in food whose manufacturers claim, in response to questions, that their products contain no MSG

MSG is hidden by restaurateurs who claim that the food they serve contains no MSG

People who are sensitive to processed free glutamic acid (MSG), or those who simply would choose to avoid ingestion of toxic amino acids, need to understand that there are two other neurotoxic amino acids commonly used in food: aspartic acid and L-cysteine. Aspartic acid is found in the sugar substitute called "aspartame," often identified as "NutraSweet" or "Equal." L-cysteine is most often used in dough conditioners.

Following are three web pages that focus in large part on the dangers of aspartame:

Holistic Healing
Say No to Aspartame
Aspartame Consumption is Never Safe

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This page was last updated on April 14, 2006