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My husband had to call the rescue squad, I then passed out

Subj: MSG in processed foods
Date: 10/17/2002 9:17:23 PM Pacific Daylight Time

I was just hospitalized for possible MSG allergy.  I'm not certain because I did not save the label from the product.  I had made taco's from Old El Paso complete dinner package.  I was awaken to itching approx. 6 to 7 hrs later.  I took benadryl, because I had the same occurrence from Chinese food that contained MSG.  I got short of breath, and then was gasping.  My husband had to call the rescue squad, I then passed out.  Could you please let me know if these taco seasoning's contain MSG.  This reaction was much worse than the first.  I had nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea.  I have been reading your article, it sounds as if all foods contain MSG in some form.  What is a person who is sensitive to MSG to eat, that is safe?  I'm not a person who is hospitalized much, and I prefer to keep it that way.  Could you guide me in the right direction.  I have eaten this particular brand of taco seasoning in the past without any problems,  do the sensitivities in certain products add up then you react or what exactly happens.  I believe that this product is a serious health hazard and that more education needs to be publicized on it.  I work in the health industry, in disease management, and I feel that this reaction that occurs can be fatal and needs more public recognition.  From reading your site, has educated me some on what to look for.  However, reading food labels for ingredients can be somewhat confusion at times.  The FDA should make more stringent guidelines to manufacturers who use this product in their goods.

R.

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