Medicine: No Nitrite Ban

A cancer link is questioned

For a while, the headlines sounded like a rerun of the saccharin story: LABORATORY TESTS INDICATE COMMON FOOD ADDITIVE CAUSES CANCER ... GOVERNMENT PROPOSES BAN . .. PLAUDITS FROM CONSUMER GROUPS, PROTESTS FROM FOOD INDUSTRY .. . PUBLIC CONFUSED. But this time, the chemical in question was sodium nitrite, a preservative widely used in meat, poultry and fish. Added to $14.5 billion worth of food yearly, mostly processed items like bacon, sausages, hot dogs and cold cuts, the substance not only prevents the growth of botulism-causing bacteria but...

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