Under regulation 3.1.11 of Food safety & Standards (food product Standard & Food additive) Regulation 2011, Monosodium Glutamate (INS 621) may be added to specified food as per provisions of Appendix A, subject to Good manufacturing Practices and under proper declaration as provided 2.4.5(18) of Food Safety Labeling &Packaging.

It is widely known that Glutamate is naturally present in several common foods such as milk, wheat, vegetables etc. Presently there is no method to test that glutamate is added or naturally present.This can be determine through inspection of premises only.

To prevent both avoidable harasment / prosecution for Food Business Operators (FBOs) as well as to ensure the consumers are facilitated to exercise informed choice in respect of what they eat proceedings may be launched against FBOs only when the label states “NO MSG” or “NO ADDED MSG” is found in the impugned foodstuff.

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