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Do Applegate Products Contain Nitrites or Nitrates?

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  • The short answer is yes, but with another longer story. Nothing is ever simple, is it?

    All animal proteins are made up of amino acids that contain naturally occurring nitrites and nitrates. And so Applegate products made with animal protein will have levels of naturally occurring nitrites and nitrates.

    In addition, the celery juice and sea salt used to cure our meats also contain naturally occurring nitrates.

    For these reasons, the USDA does not allow animal protein products to state “nitrate/nitrite free” on their labels. So, being law-abiding citizens, we don't state that.

    Packages for our products are required to say “no added nitrites” since they contain the naturally occurring variety, but were cured without the addition of chemical sodium nitrate.
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  • Hello my name is John Gallagher and I have a question regarding your products. I'm highly allergic to sodium nitrate and have not eaten any prepared meat products for almost 20 years. I know your products are cured in celery salt. I just wan t to know if this makes a compound similar to sodium nitrate or am I apfianlly able to eat bacon again thanks.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Allergic to sodium nitrate.
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  • Does the celery salt solution or what you use to cure the meat have similar concentration of sodium nitrate as the sodium nitrate that is used in "cured meats"? Regardless of the source, I would think sodium nitrate is sodium nitrate but would be acceptable in small amounts.
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