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New stricter limits for nitrites and nitrates in foods

European Union

Oct 05, 2023

The Commission has reviewed the limits for the use of nitrites and nitrates as food additives. The new significantly reduced limits protect against pathogenic bacteria (e.g., Listeria, Salmonella, Clostridia), as well as reduce the exposure to nitrosamines, some of which are carcinogenic.

Based on a stringent scientific assessment by EFSA, the new limits were endorsed unanimously by the Member States last spring. They take into account the diversity of products and their manufacturing conditions across the EU and give a clear signal to the industry and smaller producers that it is time to address the challenges posed by the presence of nitrites and nitrates in foods across the EU, and along the whole food chain. 

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