|Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 7:15 am: || |
Thanks for visiting our Web site. We appreciate having the chance to respond to your concerns about monosodium glutamate (MSG).
MSG is commonly used to enhance the flavor of many packaged foods and als ooccurs naturally in a number of foods. MSG is among the most
extensively tested food ingredients in use today. The overwhelming evidence from
hundreds of scientific, academic and government studies has shown MSG to be safe.
Likewise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations have all certified MSG as safe.
Your confidence in our products is important to us. We firmly stand behind the safety of all our products, including those that contain MSG. Our
products that contain MSG are in full compliance with all FDA labeling regulations.
When MSG is added directly to a product, it must be listed on the label as monosodium glutamate. MSG can also be a component of other ingredients
suchas hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, or autolyzed yeast extract. In these instances, those ingredients are listed, but in accordance with FDA regulations, MSG is not listed separately. To determine
if those ingredients are present in a product, we suggest your best source of information is the product's label.
Please add our site to your bookmarks, and visit us again soon!
Associate Director, Consumer Relations
|Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 4:41 pm: || |
Yet another letter form Kraft.
Thanks for visiting our website!
A natural flavor is defined as an essential oil, essence or extract of a spice, fruit, meat, dairy or plant. A natural flavor must come from a natural source and cannot be synthetically manufactured. A federal
regulation defines what items can and cannot be considered a natural flavoring. Some examples of natural flavorings would be lemon oil, almond extract and garlic extract.
Flavor manufacturers certify that their flavors contain only those substances approved by the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association.
Thesupplier from which we obtain the natural flavoring will not reveal the exact ingredients to us, as they consider it to be proprietary.
We do require the suppliers to inform us if any of the following components are in the flavor so we can label them on the ingredient line:
eggs, dairy, celery, soy, treenuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, seafood, gluten and sulfites.
Also, we do not include monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG), hydrolyzed protein (sometimes known as hydrolyzed vegetable protein or HVP) or
autolyzed yeast extract under the term 'natural flavor' in the ingredient line.
What I can tell you is that if any of our products contains protein from a substance recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to cause severe to life-threatening reactions in susceptible individuals, those
substances are ALWAYS listed on the ingredient statement.
Please add our site to your bookmarks and visit us again soon!
Associate Director, Consumer Relations
|Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 3:52 am: || |
The final letter from KRAFT:
We do not add monosodium glutamate (MSG) to Back to Nature products. We understand your family has received information in the past that may have implied the contrary. If we did give you this impression, we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.
Some Back to Nature products contain autolyzed yeast extract and/or barley malt extract, which contain glutamate, a naturally occurring amino acid found in many foods. Likewise, salt is also found in many foods. The glutamate and sodium may react producing a low-level of naturally occurring monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Therefore, MSG may occur naturally in foods, including Back to Nature products, but we do NOT add MSG to any of the products in our Back to Nature brand.
We recommend consumers always read the ingredient label on the package as product recipes can change.
Your confidence in our products is important to us. We stand firmly behind their safety. If MSG was added directly to one of our products as an ingredient, it would be listed in the ingredient line. Again, it is not added to Back to Nature products. In accordance, you won't find it on the label.
Thank you for your interest in Back to Nature products.
I'll be sending my response soon, including how KRAFT is trying to support a bill that will make it harder for us to
know whats in the food.
|Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 6:03 am: || |
Back to Nature is owned by Kraft who is owned by Altria - formerly known as Philip Morris. Back to Nature is owned by a TOBACCO company. They put ammonia in cigarettes to cross the blood-brain barrier to become glutamate. Any company owned by Altria or a tobacco giant is suspect. They WILL make sure that there is free glutamic acid in all their products on purpose - to get us to eat more. They can send all the innocent sounding emails they wish, but the truth is they understand the nature of an addictive food ingredient - hence the use of autolysed yeast and barley malt extract. They will try for a "clean label" wherever they can. We should avoid any tobacco-company-owned food company product. I cannot in good conscience recommend ANY product from Altria or Kraft or Nabisco. See my other post for the names of all the brands involved.
|Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 5:00 pm: || |
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