Yesterday when I saw the doctor, he had me go through all of the food that I eat during the day to determine if there are any triggers causing some of my symptoms. In that conversation, I mentioned I make a lot of home made soups. He asked me what I use for broth. I said I occasionally make my own broth but often I use purchased organic broths. He immediately told me he hasn’t found one that doesn’t have MSG in it.
When I went home, I looked more closely at the ingredients and discovered that the Western Family Organic Vegetable Broth contains yeast extract that is another name for MSG. I e-mailed them and received the following letter:
Thank you for your email regarding MSG or yeast extract in our Western
Family Organic Vegetable Broth. I have forwarded your comments and
suggestion to our Product Management department for their reference and
Once again, thank you for taking the time to email. Feedback from
valued customers such as you helps us to improve our operations.
Wendy H, Customer Service
I will be interested to see if I receive any further feedback from the Product Management Department.
However, the one I was mostly concerned about was the Organic Chicken Broth that I buy from Costco . The only ingredient that seemed to be a concern was “organic chicken flavor”. Can you really have an organic MSG? Anyways, today I received their response and I am greatly encouraged:
Thank you for taking the time to email Pacific Natural Foods. We are delighted to hear how much you
enjoy our Organic Chicken Broth. The Natural Flavors we use consist of natural plant extracts
and are free of MSG, free glutamates and all of the big 8 allergens, as well as nightshades and celery.
These ingredients are of utmost quality and have been rigorously scrutinized by our Certified To The Source
Pacific Natural Foods’ Certified To The Source is a program in which we identify the exact origins of the
ingredients for our products. This ensures that you are receiving a food or beverage that is of highest quality
and nutritional value. Nothing in our products is included without certification. All of our ingredients meet the
requirements put forth by Oregon Tilth.
We appreciate your continued support of our products. If you have any other questions please feel free to
contact us again.
Consumer Services Coordinator
Pacific Foods of Oregon
Ph. (503) 692-9666
Unfortunately, I didn’t check my e-mails before I left to see my Doctor. (Yes, again today) I would like to show him this letter. He is always very suspicious by company’s responses, but I feel fairly confident in this company’s response. Or I am in serious denial since I like the convenience of opening up a tetra-pak of broth rather than first making the broth before I can even start making soup!
If you are concerned about eating foods with MSG, I have included a list of words that indicate its presence:
Hydrolyzed corn gluten
The following ingredient often contain MSG or create MSG during processing:
Natural Pork Flavoring
Bouillon & Broth
Whey protein Concentrate
Whey Protein isolate
Flavors & Flavoring
Natural Chicken Flavoring
Soy protein isolate
Aything protein fortified