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Is MSG halal?

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is monosodium glutamate halal??


Monosodium Glutamate

I have found some information on Monosodium Glutamate (E621) in our literature. Monosodium glutamate is the sodium salt of glutamic acid (620). It is an amino acid (several amino acids together make up a protein). The various forms of glutamic acid are referred to as ‘glutamates’. Glutamate is a common substance widely found in plant and animal tissues. It occurs especially in foods such as meat, fish, poultry and milk. Today 90 per cent is manufactured by fermentation using molasses from cane or beet sugar, and 10 per cent in South-East Asia from sago and tapioca starch, or from plant proteins rich in glutamic acid such as wheat protein and sugar beet.


Monosodium Glutamate is Halaal. There have been rumours of animal enzymes being used in MSG from south Asia but to date these are rumours and nothing concrete has been seen. Certainly, we have not come across any doubtful monosodiumn glutamate to date.

(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
Halal Food Guide

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