The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Imo state chapter in collaboration with West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), organized a one day enlightenment seminar for the people of Imo state.
WASCO is the manufacturer of AJI-NO-MOTO, MaDish and Umami seasoning.
The objective of the programme that was held on Sunday at the NMA secretariat located in Owerri the capital city of Imo state, was to educate, promote the concept of the company products and inform the consumers and prospective customers on the benefits and safety of their products.
The team led by the Managing Director of WASCO, Mr. Niki Lunichi, said that WASCO is an affiliate of AJI-NO-MOTO group that began marketing operation in Nigeria in 1991, adding that AJI-NO-MOTO was founded on the motive of contributing to the world’s food and wellness, and to better lives for the future.
He further stated that AJI-NO-MOTO since its breakthrough in the market sector in 1909 has continued the work of contributing to healthy lifestyles worldwide by providing products that makes food more delicious and nutritious and that WASCO is totally committed in providing quality AJI-NO-MOTO, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), MaDish, Powdery seasoning and others that meets the requirements and satisfaction of their customers.
He educated that MSG was discovered in 1908 by a Japanese Professor known as Kikunae Ikeda who was able to extract glutamate from the Japanese traditional broth that was made from sea weed and determined that glutamate provided the savory taste to the soup and that MSG is made by fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane or molasses.
It was testified that AJI-NO-MOTO has been used through the centuries in Europe, China, Japan and South East Asia as a taste stimulant and a flavour enhancer but in 80’s MSG entered Nigeria market and has continued serving as a spring board for the consumption of MSG products in other West African countries.
He revealed that AJI-NO-MOTO Umami seasoning has no effect on aroma of foods rather it brings out and enhances the original flavour of dishes and thereby increasing customers appeal, that MSG does not contribute significant levels of sodium to the average daily diet as MSG only contains 1/3 amount of sodium compared with dietary salt(NaCI).
AJI-NO-MOTO is a brand of Monosodium Glutamate produced and packaged under very hygienic condition, use for cooking not washing because it brings out the natural taste in cooking and it undergone thorough research as food ingredients before NAFDEC approval in Nigeria.
Other highlights of the event were lectures by Dr. Helen Henry Unaeze of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Applied Food Sciences and Tourism, Michael Okpara university of agriculture Umudike Umuahia in Abia State, Imo State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, display of WASCO products, interactive section and distribution of meal cooked with AJI-NO-MOTO and other WASCO products.