The Truth in Labeling Campaign:
Comments on Proposed Decisions Relating to Various Applications of AuxiGro
May 9, 2002
Pesticide Registration Branch
Department of Pesticide Regulation
P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, California 95812-4015
Re: Comments on Proposed Decisions relating to various applications of AuxiGro
EPA Registration Number (70810 - 1)
Including Tracking Numbers - 194049; 186606; and 194048
Dear Sir or Madam:
Some would say that it is pointless to protest approval of additional products and/or additional uses for products that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) for use on crops and for distribution into the environment. Clearly the fix is in, so to speak, for with nothing more than badly flawed studies presented by Emerald BioAgriculture Corporation (formerly known as Auxein Corporation) that claim to have demonstrated that use of AuxiGro is safe; with knowledge of the fact that the glutamic acid used in AuxiGro is a manufactured product that contains contaminants not found in truly natural (non-manufactured) free glutamic acid; with a considerable body of data that clearly demonstrates that the processed free glutamic acid used in AuxiGro is toxic; and with no data that describe the least amount of processed free glutamic acid needed to cause either brain damage, endocrine disorders, learning disorders, or adverse reactions in animals or humans exposed to processed free glutamic acid (MSG); the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) have already approved the use of AuxiGro on a number of crops and for a number of purposes.
But I do protest approval of additional products and/or additional uses for products that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) for use on crops and for distribution into the environment. I have to live with myself. I have to know that when I am gone, I will have done all that I could do to protect my children, my grandchildren and those who look to the Truth in Labeling Campaign to speak on their behalf about the effects of the neurotoxic chemical that I have seen destroy my husband.
I have given the CDPR data demonstrating the toxic potential of processed free glutamic acid (MSG). I have demonstrated that studies presented to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the CDPR in defense of the alleged safety of AuxiGro are irrelevant or badly flawed.
I have asked pointed questions of the CDPR. Questions, that if answered honestly, would demonstrate both that use of AuxiGro places humans at risk and that AuxiGro is mislabeled. The CDPR has refused to address those questions.
I have asked for records of test trials conducted in California using AuxiGro, because produce from those test trials has been brought to market. A number of such records were sent to me some years ago, and I was told that the additional records requested would be sent, also. But despite repeated requests, and the verbal assurance of Rudy LaPurga that records of AuxiGro test trials were being sent to me, the requested reports have not been forthcoming.
I have asked the CDPR to explore conflicts of interest in those "scientists" who, it is alleged, have advised the CDPR that AuxiGro poses no hazard to human health or to the environment. I have pointed to the generous research grants given directly to hospitals, colleges, and universities in the State of California by Ajinomoto Co., Inc., its Glutamate Association, its International Glutamate Technical Committee, and its agent the International Food Information Council, among others; and given indirectly through its many friends in the food and drug industries. I have pointed out that W. Ann Reynolds, Ph.D., long time researcher and still spokesperson for both the MSG and aspartame industries, was Chancellor of California State University, with offices at Long Beach, California. But the CDPR has ignored all of the information about its human resources with both clear cut and indirect conflicts of interest.
Data to demonstrate that the processed free glutamic acid used in AuxiGro is toxic; notice that there are no data that describe the least amount of processed free glutamic acid needed to cause either brain damage, endocrine disorders, learning disorders, or adverse reactions in humans exposed to processed free glutamic acid (MSG); and data that demonstrate that the only claim that use of AuxiGro does not place humans and the environment at risk comes from irrelevant or badly flawed studies presented by Auxein Corporation (presently known as Emerald BioAgriculture Corporation), are already in your files if you have not purged your files of them.
Let the record show that the Truth in Labeling Campaign has once again protested the use of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) on crops and in the environment.
The Truth in Labeling
Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D.
1547 Santa Sabina Court
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Truth in Labeling Campaign, P.O. Box 2532, Darien, IL 60561
firstname.lastname@example.org 858/481-9333 http://www.truthinlabeling.org
This page was last updated on May 10, 2002