Antimicrobial (preservative) added to meat products
Considered to be carcinogenic which leads to an increased risk of cancer. Case studies have been published regarding poisoning, some even fatal, from this food additive.
Nitrates/Nitrites in Food—Risk for Nitrosative Stress and Benefitshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7139399/#:~:text=Due%20to%20the%20formation%20of,and%20nitrite%20intake%20%5B33%5D.
Fatal Sodium Nitrite Poisoning: Key Considerations for Prehospital Providershttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33074043/