Hot Madras Curry Powder by McCormick

From concerning the use of MSG in their Curry Powder.  A simple question regarding an ingredient I don’t want in my curry powder turned back a condescending reply.  Apparently, I’m not smart enough to make a nutritional decision, but need to have a doctor do it, who by the way isn’t even schooled in nutrition!  Needless to say I will not be buying from McCormick anymore.

Here is some context before you read this letter:

According to the FDA, MSG does not have to be legally listed in the ingredients of a product if it is not being directly added.  For example, you can buy MSG powder directly off the shelf.  If you were adding MSG to enhance the flavor of your food and sell it you would have to list it as one of the ingredients.  But, if you are adding ingredients that have been hyper processed such as yeast extract or corn syrup solids and thus have large percentages of their content being an MSG byproduct you are not legally required to list it.  Even though the MSG content of the food you are selling is as high or higher than if you were directly adding monosodium glutamate the FDA allows this loophole.

Basically it is a benefit to corporations desiring to retain a competitive taste edge at the expense of our bodies.  Since many people are waking up to the health risks associated with the chemical these guys had to find some way to continue to use it.  Imagine how much money the FDA is making on the deal under the table.

The moral of the story is simple.  Eat raw, eat fresh, buy local, grow it yourself, cook it yourself, and for goodness sake do the research!

Remember doctors and corporations know what is best for you.  That is why they withhold information.


Dear ***:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your interest in our Hot Curry Powder and welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you.

Although Monosodium Glutamate is approved by the Food & Drug Administration, many consumers do have a concern about its addition to food products. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is used to enhance the natural flavor of foods.

Our company recognizes that there are differences in individual preferences and sensitivities to certain ingredients. We attempt to provide a wide variety of seasonings to accommodate various tastes. Because of concerns such as yours, we are continually evaluating our products and formulating new items without the addition of MSG. We have successfully removed MSG from a number of our existing products. We will continue our reevaluation process to determine if the quality and flavor our consumers expect can be maintained without the presence of MSG.

Whenever MSG is directly added to our products, it is always labeled in the ingredient statement. Because we are constantly improving our products, we encourage you to read the ingredient statement on our packages at the time of your purchase.

Your physician can send a request for the complete listing of ingredients for the product in question via fax to 410-527-6005- Attention: Consumer Affairs. Once we have received this request, we will immediately forward it to our Quality Assurance Department. This request should be faxed on the physician’s letterhead, include your name and the complete product name and bar code number (if possible), be signed by the physician and should have a return fax number for the information to be sent back to.

We invite you to become a “My McCormick” member at You will receive Friends & Flavor emails and enjoy many benefits, such as saving your favorite recipes and posting recipe ratings. Joining My McCormick is easy, and only takes a minute. We believe joining “My McCormick” will make you even more passionate about flavor!

If we can be of further assistance, please call us at 1-800-632-5847, Monday through Friday, 9:30AM to 9PM, and weekends 11AM to 7PM Eastern Time. If you wish to respond to this note by e-mail, please include your name and e-mail address.

We hope to have the continued pleasure of serving you.


Consumer Affairs Specialist

~ by Majestic on February 1, 2011.

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