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NITRATES, NITRITES

Nitrates and Nitrites - These are approved food additives used as curing agents, color stabilizers and/or preservatives in processed meats.

Sodium or potassium nitrites, used in the curing process, inhibit the growth of 'Clostridium botulinum' spores (the growth of which can result in botulism).

Sodium and potassium nitrates, approved only for drying and curing and in certain dried sausage products, naturally convert into nitrites during dry curing and in the intestinal tract.

 

 

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