Fresh King Gaoxian monosodium glutamate (MSG) refused entry to China 12-29-2021

China's General Administration of Customs recently released a report on food and cosmetics that are not allowed to enter China starting from October 2021. In October 2021, China's customs detected 275 batches of foods that did not meet national standards of health and safety during the port supervision process.

Among these foods intercepted at the Chinese border, two batches of Fresh King Gaoxian MSG produced by Taiwan-based Fresh King Enterprise Co., Ltd. were not allowed to enter China because the sodium glutamate contained did not meet national standards. One intercepted batch contained 1,200 kg, imported by Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone Shangli Trading Co., Ltd., and the other batch contained 4,200 kg, imported by Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone Landao Renjia Trading Co., Ltd.

In February 2021, a batch of 4,800 kilograms of Fresh King Gaoxian MSG produced by Weiwang Co., Ltd. from Taiwan was also presented for import at China's customs, but this batch was refused entry for the same reason. China's General Administration of Customs stated that the products denied entry to China have been returned or destroyed at the port according to national law.

Products of several Taiwanese food companies intercepted last year by China customs

According to information information on food and cosmetics that are not allowed to enter China released by the General Administration of Customs of China in November 2020, a batch of 3,000 kg of Weiwang Gaoxian MSG imported from Taiwan and belonging to Fujian Kaitai Industry and Trade Co., Ltd. was refused entry because the sodium glutamate contained within did not meet the national standards of China.

According to the information released by China's customs in December 2020, a batch of 24.6 kg of instant noodles belonging to Dongshan County Xinfa Trading Co., Ltd.  and produced by Weiwang Co., Ltd. contained ingredients of unapproved animal origin and thus was refused entry to China. Weiwang Co., Ltd. is a well-known food company in Taiwan, established in July 1959. Its predecessor was China Fermentation Industry Co., Ltd., which was established in Taipei in April 1959. It owns Weiwang MSG, Oji Noodles, and other well-known products.

Substandard sodium glutamate negatively affects product quality and deceives consumers

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a food additive with a special umami taste. The additive is mainly used to give a fresh taste to food, and the fresh taste of MSG mainly reflects the quality of the sodium glutamate used. According to the National Food Safety Standards of China, MSG can be used in appropriate amounts in food production, and MSG is a safe flavor enhancers.

MSG is an important food additive giving an umami taste to chicken-flavored seasonings. According to the regulation of MSG, the content of sodium glutamate in ordinary MSG should be at least 99%. Substandard sodium glutamate will not cause direct harm to the human body. However, the sodium glutamate content of MSG is directly related to its cost, and the production of MSG with substandard sodium glutamate content may be deceptive to consumers.

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