Public Health Ministry limits quantity of nitrate and nitrite in food

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BANGKOK – Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, deputy permanent secretary and spokesman of the Ministry of Public Health, said three out of 15 samples of sausages in the domestic market had been found to have an excessive amount of nitrate and nitrite.

The Ministry of Public Health has assigned the Bureau of Food Safety Extension and Support to search for the information related to the matter and educate the public about food safety. Moreover, the ministry has coordinated with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the notorious case.

The ministry has issued the Announcement No. 281 which limits the quantity of nitrate or nitrite in fermented meat to a maximum of 125 milligrams per one kilogram of food for safety reasons.