The Truth in Labeling Campaign

The people who manufacture and sell this poison for profit, and the FDA that enables them

A 50-year history of FDA/glutamate industry cooperation is spelled out in detail in the 20-page appendix to The Perfect Poison. The FDA has been cooperating with Ajinomoto Company, Inc., members of its International Glutamate Technical Committee (IGTC) and The Glutamate Association, as well as with the International Hydrolyzed Protein Council since at least 1968. The bottom line of that cooperation as it pertains to regulation of free glutamate. has been to prevent full and clear disclosure of free glutamate in processed food, or any other product or drug to which it may have been added.

The FDA has built and then reinforced its case for the “safety” of free glutamate on misleading and deceptive studies sponsored by the glutamate industry.

FDA regulations require that those who manufacture food additives must provide evidence demonstrating that they are “safe.”

The glutamate industry has, indeed, presented evidence, but they have falsified data -- not by changing test scores or research results, but by rigging the procedures used in conducting their studies so that only after careful scrutiny could one discern that their studies were flawed to the point of being fraudulent. Glutamate industry studies are generally methodologically inadequate, statistically unsound, and/or irrelevant to the safety/toxicity of MSG and other ingredients that contain free glutamate.

Researchers have gone so far as to use aspartame and/or excitotoxic free glutamate (the toxic component of MSG) in placebos to cause subjects to respond to placebos just as they would respond to monosodium glutamate test material. In addition, industry’s researchers have been known to draw conclusions that did not follow from the results of their studies.

Over the course of the last 50 years, the FDA has summarily dismissed much of the research that clearly demonstrates that MSG places humans at risk not by countering it, but simply ignoring it. Reports of adverse reactions to MSG grudgingly collected by its own Adverse Reactions Monitoring System have been dismissed because “they could have been caused by something else.”


The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about MSG and manufactured free glutamate