EU - Nitrite as undesirable substances in animal feed - Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain

Nitrite is formed naturally by the nitrogen cycle during the process of nitrogen fixation and it is subsequently converted to nitrate, a major nutrient assimilated by plants. Two main nitrite salt forms occur, namely sodium and potassium nitrite.
Thursday 16 April 2009 (9 years 1 months 10 days ago)
Nitrite is formed naturally by the nitrogen cycle during the process of nitrogen fixation and it is subsequently converted to nitrate, a major nutrient assimilated by plants. Two main nitrite salt forms occur, namely sodium and potassium nitrite.

The CONTAM Panel concluded that the typical daily human dietary exposure to nitrite from fresh animal products (e.g. milk, meat and eggs) is only (2.9 %) of the total daily dietary exposure to nitrite. The CONTAM Panel concludes that such low nitrite levels in fresh animal products do not raise any concern for human health.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211902444119.htm

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