Shares in Ajinomoto , the largest food maker in Japan, bounced back yesterday (10 January) after Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid confirmed that the widely used monosodium glutamate (MSG) food seasoning produced by the company's Indonesian subsidiary is in fact "halal," and therefore allowed for Muslim consumption. Representatives from the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) are still maintaining, however, that the president is wrong.