Food safety dept's special team to monitor Ajinomoto use in restaurants
Palakkad: The food safety department will soon deploy a special team to examine use of Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (Ajinomoto) in restaurant. The team will function under the mobile vigilance squad of the food safety department. District Food Safety Assistant Ccommissioners will be in charge of the team in each district.
It is mandatory for the restaurants and bakeries to display the declaration for the information of customers saying that the restaurant uses Monosodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto) in the food items shown below and therefore, these food items are not advisable for children.
The special team will examine whether every restaurants or bakeries display this declaration or violate the rule. Strict action will be taken against the restaurants and bakeries which violate the rule.
Earlier, the food safety officials had charged a penalty upto Rs 2 lakh and cancelled licence of the bakeries and restaurants for violating this rule. With the use of MSG becoming more rampant, the authorities are planning to impose higher penalties for violation.
The US Food and Drug Administration has listed ajinomoto in the list of relatively safe products to consume. Meanwhile, health department officials warned that the use of ajinomoto will affect the brain development of children in the age group 1 to 5 years. It has reported that some people will have allergic reactions like mouth ulcers and swelling after consuming ajinomoto.