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EFSA confirms safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food

3rd Jul 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has welcomed the European Food Safety Authority’s conclusions that levels of nitrites and nitrates added to food are safe.

Nick Allen BMPA chief executive said: “There has been a lot of poorly presented information about nitrites and nitrates in meat products in recent years and hopefully these conclusions from EFSA’s risk assessment will reassure everyone that they can enjoy their food knowing that current practices are sound and safe’’

Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety.

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