Uses: Sodium nitrate’s typical products include processed meats, cured and smoked meat and fish, root vegetables. Also used in the manufacture of nitric acid, as a fertiliser. seeE250. Other names: Chile saltpetre, cubic nitre, nitric acid sodium salt.
Harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Nitrates are also used as fertilisers, and leach into watercourses, then subsequently into our drinking water.
Not recommended for consumption by children. Not permitted in foods for infant and young children.
Description: Sodium nitrate is a natural mineral, occurring in great abundance in the Atacama desert (hence the name Chile saltpetre). It is used as a preservative and curing agent in meat.
It inhibits the growth of bacteria responsible for botulism, retards development of rancidity, and preserves flavours.