Have you ever thought vetsin (betsin) is a common name for monosodium glutamate, MSG? I thought it was!
The right term is Ve-Tsin, not vetsin or betsin. It is a trade name, like the very popular Aji-No-Moto. It is manufactured by Tien Chu Ve-Tsin Chemical Limited. A Chinese chemical company that was established in 1929. So there is a strong possibility that Chinese merchants were responsible for bringing the vetsin here in the Philippines. It became popular to our elders long before the Aji-No-Moto was introduced. People called it vetsin and continue calling it such even after Aji-No-Moto ate the competition.
Some products are so popular that we use its trade name to refer to similar products of different brands.
The customer says:
– May I buy colgate, preferably Close-Up? Why is he buying a Close-Up colgate?
– Please xerox my notes! The establishment only have Canon photocopiers so how can he do xerox ?
MSG is known around the world as (msgtruth.org):
– In Japan, MSG is labeled as or – Ajinomoto
– In China, MSG = wie jing
– In the Phillipines, MSG = Vetsin
– In Thailand, MSG = phong churot
– In Germany, MSG = Natriumglutaminat
– In Europe – MSG = E621, E620-625 also contain glutamate
– In the US – “umami”, MSG, glutamate, free glutamic acid