White or slightly yellow, hygroscopic and deliquescent granules, powder, or opaque, fused masses of sticks.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Preservative - Helps protect against food deterioration caused by micro-organisms

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Sodium nitrite
European Union
Approved Sodium nitrite
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Sodium nitrite
Philippines
Approved Sodium Nitrite
Austria
Approved Sodium nitrite
Belgium
Approved Sodium nitrite
Bulgaria
Approved Sodium nitrite
Cyprus
Approved Sodium nitrite
Czech Republic
Approved Sodium nitrite
Denmark
Approved Sodium nitrite
Estonia
Approved Sodium nitrite
Finland
Approved Sodium nitrite
France
Approved Sodium nitrite
Germany
Approved Sodium nitrite
Greece
Approved Sodium nitrite
Hungary
Approved Sodium nitrite
Ireland
Approved Sodium nitrite
Italy
Approved Sodium nitrite
Latvia
Approved Sodium nitrite
Lithuania
Approved Sodium nitrite
Luxembourg
Approved Sodium nitrite
Malta
Approved Sodium nitrite
Netherlands
Approved Sodium nitrite
Poland
Approved Sodium nitrite
Portugal
Approved Sodium nitrite
Romania
Approved Sodium nitrite
Slovakia
Approved Sodium nitrite
Slovenia
Approved Sodium nitrite
Spain
Approved Sodium nitrite
Sweden
Approved Sodium nitrite
United Kingdom
Approved Sodium nitrite
Australia
Approved Sodium nitrite
New Zealand
Approved Sodium nitrite

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Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: From the Food Intolerance Network fact-sheet titled 'How to start failsafe eating: a step by step guide'.

Food Intolerance Network

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: Hyperactivity, behavioural probs, asthma, headaches, dizziness, possible carcinogen. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children.

Additive Alert

Synthetic substance - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: Chemical Preservative.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: May provoke hyperactivity and other adverse reactions, potentially carcinogenic, restricted in many countries, can combine with chemicals in stomach to form nitrosamine, the HACSG* recommends to avoid it

DFlock

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S) recognises that additives in food may cause reactions in certain cases and therefore worked with the Hyperactive Children's Support Group

Hampshire County Council

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: Linked to hyperactivity.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: May cause asthmatic and allergic reactions.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

Linked to cancer - yes

E250 - Sodium nitrite: Has been linked to cancer.

Traditional Oven - Dangerous Food Additives

INS No. 250
Nitrous acid sodium salt (1:1)

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives)
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 7632-00-0
  • EINECS Number: 231-555-9
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