Experts are once again calling for a ban on nitrosamines after consumer exposure to the compounds that can form in food during its preparation and processing raised a health concern from the European Food Safety Authority.
Foodwatch France has partnered with Yuka and the Cancer League to demand a diet without added nitrite including; E249 (potassium nitrite), E 250 (sodium nitrite), E251 (sodium nitrate) and E252 (nitrate) used in processed meats such as industrial sausages.
The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that data from Denmark does not give grounds for lowering the ADI for nitrites in meat, but usage should be kept as low as possible to achieve the preservative and microbiological effect.
Danisco is launching two new cultures that it says can give meats
the same colour, flavour and shelf-life as those cured with nitrite
salts - but allowing for all-natural claims to be made on the