If you're not a fan of MSG (and to be honest, MSG is blown way out of proportion), you should probably be worried about this. If not, you have nothing to panic about, and you're fine to eat these products.
The USDA just announced that Bob Evans was enacting a voluntary recall of more than a million and a half pounds of Bob Evans Maple Links and Maple Patties because the labels didn't list MSG as an ingredient.
The problem was only found after an audit of the labeling — the company had removed MSG from the label when it reformulated its products and discontinued the use the spice blend that had MSG. Turns out, though, that individual establishments were still using the blend… so a total, 1,768,600 pounds of meat have been recalled.
Like we mentioned earlier, MSG is controversial. It's super common, it enhances flavor, and it's been claimed cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations and other symptoms in some consumers.
The only question is why people think it causes that, because even the Mayo Clinic says:
"researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms."
So, like we said, unless you have a chip on your shoulder against science and flavor, you're pretty much cool to eat this stuff. You know, in moderation like you should be doing with everything. Most studies confirm that MSG, in normal concentrations, has no ill effect on the majority of consumers.
The products subject to recall include:
12-oz. packages of “Bob Evans Maple Links” with UPC numbers of “075900002300”, “075900000085” and “075900002324.”
12-oz. packages of “Bob Evans Maple Patties” with UPC numbers of “0759000025028” and “075900000795” and “075900002522.”
Your call — we're just here to inform!