P.M. BRIEFING : S.F. Defeats MSG Menu Listing

From Times Wire Services

A hotly debated proposal that would have forced San Francisco's restaurants to label their use of MSG was defeated Monday night.

A 9-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors ended a 10-week crusade by Supervisor Wendy Nelder, who charged that the flavoring agent was endangering the health of diners.

"People have a right to know what they're eating," Nelder said. "If there is nothing wrong with MSG, then what's the harm in putting the notation on the menu."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified monosodium glutamate as generally safe.

Restaurants and lobbyists from the Atlanta-based Glutamate Assn. opposed the measure.

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