FDA Assures MSG and Aspartame are Safe Food Additives

MSThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has guaranteed the public that monosodium glutamate (MSG), also known as `vetsin', and aspartame or artificial sweeteners, are harmless food additives.

The joint committee was formed in the year 1956 to assess the safe usage of food additives.

The FDA said that the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) had accepted the add MSG and aspartame in the Codex General Standards for Food Additives STAN 1992-1995.

Under Bureau Circular 2006-016, MSG and aspartame are also incorporated in the Philippine List of Permissible Food Additives, says FDA.

The main chore of the joint committee is to assess the safe utilization of food additives.

The codex is an international scientific body which counts up the Philippines as a member. MSG and aspartame are being used worldwide.

"If you are sensitive to MSG, read the food labels prior to buying them as all ingredients are required to be listed on the product label", says the FDA. It also added that if one is sensitive to MSG, them he must read the food labels before buying them. It is essential that all ingredients should be listed on the product label.

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