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Health Problems Associated with Nitrites and Nitrosamines

William Lijinsky
Ambio
Vol. 5, No. 2 (1976), pp. 67-72
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4312174
Page Count: 6
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Health Problems Associated with Nitrites and Nitrosamines
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Abstract

Nitrites are formed by reduction of nitrate and are present in the environment at low concentrations. Nitrites can react with secondary and tertiary amino compounds to form N-nitroso compounds, a broadly acting and potent group of systemically acting carcinogens. These reactions taking place in the human stomach could constitute an important source of carcinogens. Restrictions on the amount of residual nitrite in cured meats and fish processed with nitrite would reduce exposure of man to these carcinogens.

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