A couple of days after initially eating a meal my partner and I made using a recipe mix containing flavour enhancer 635, I broke out in a rash over my neck and upper torso.  This quickly spread to the rest of my body the following day. The itch is unbearable, especially around my neck area, arms and breasts. The doctor didn't seem to believe that it could have been this enhancer, even after I showed her an article published in the Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun on 9 March 2003 entitled "Allergy hell in food additive".

It looks to me that there are many people who are intolerant to this additive and I believe it should be banned.  This is the first time I have ever had a rash of this magnitude develop and I am not impressed. The rash went away after about 5 days - thank God. After my wedding I will try eating the same mix again just to be certain my reaction was to 635 - I don't want to risk it before then as I want the existing spots to go away. These are from scratching too much.

It does not affect everyone, but those that it does, have several days (if not weeks) of unwanted physical discomfort. I am 33 years of age and this is the first time I have ever experienced a food allergy - Debi by email.