New FDA “No MSG” Guidelines
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Per FDA, Legacy Removes ‘No MSG’ Labels from Popular Meals
With many consumers identifying themselves as sensitive to MSG, Legacy Food Storage makes every effort to keep this common additive out of its foods and will never use MSG as an ingredient. However, new standards from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now require the removal of “No MSG” or “No MSG Added” labeling from any food source containing even the natural forms of MSG (ie cheese and tomatoes). As a result, over the next month, Legacy will remove these labels from several of our most popular meals.*
Why the change?
Although the FDA considers MSG as “generally recognized as safe,” these new requirements are designed to ensure consumers aren’t unknowingly consuming MSG of any sort when labels claim there is none present.
MSG is commonly known as a food additive to increase savory flavor, as well as a preservative. However, it does occur naturally in hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate as well as tomatoes and cheese, and the body processes it the same it would if the MSG was an additive.
While the FDA requires that these products be listed on the ingredient panel, the agency does not require the label to also specify that they naturally contain MSG. However, foods with any ingredient that naturally contains MSG cannot claim “No MSG” or “No added MSG” on their packaging. MSG also cannot be listed as “spices and flavoring.”
*Legacy meals with naturally occurring MSG:
Italian Pasta with Marinara
Cheddar Broccoli Soup
Potato Cheese Soup
Beans & Rice
Loaded Baked Potato
Chicken a la King
Southwest Chicken soup
Mac n Cheese
Creamy Potato soup
Vegetable Rice soup
White bean chili
Hawaiian sweet n sour
Legacy Foods without any form of MSG: