Ban use of MSG and trans fat
The Editor, Sir:
The Government of Jamaica should place a ban on the use of of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and products containing it. Though it is well known that this particular ingredient has been linked to cancer, MSG is in numerous food products on local supermarket shelves and is also sold as an ingredient by itself. Additionally, the GOJ should make it illegal for restaurants operating in Jamaica to use products that contain trans fats.
A law banning trans fats from restaurants has been signed in California and will take effect January 1.
Likewise, in December 2006, the New York City Board of Health decided to launch a gradual trans fat phase-out from all licensed eating establishments, including restaurants, school cafeterias and street-vending spots. By November 2008, most New York restaurants had stopped using artificial trans fats for cooking, frying and baking. Trans fats raise bad low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and lower good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
The Government of Jamaica should place a partial, or full, ban on MSG and trans fats which, in turn, would assist greatly in stemming the negative health effects caused by the consumption of these items. The sooner such a law comes into place, the better it will be for all Jamaicans.