[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 21, Volume 3]
[Revised as of April 1, 2006]
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TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS
CHAPTER I--FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN
PART 172_FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR DIRECT ADDITION TO FOOD FOR HUMAN
CONSUMPTION--Table of Contents
Subpart B_Food Preservatives
Sec. 172.175 Sodium nitrite.
The food additive sodium nitrite may be safely used in or on
specified foods in accordance with the following prescribed conditions:
(a) It is used or intended for use as follows:
(1) As a color fixative in smoked cured tunafish products so that
the level of sodium nitrite does not exceed 10 parts per million (0.001
percent) in the finished product.
(2) As a preservative and color fixative, with or without sodium
nitrate, in smoked, cured sablefish, smoked, cured salmon, and smoked,
cured shad so that the level of sodium nitrite does not exceed 200 parts
per million and the level of sodium nitrate does not exceed 500 parts
per million in the finished product.
(3) As a preservative and color fixative, with sodium nitrate, in
meat-curing preparations for the home curing of meat and meat products
(including poultry and wild game), with directions for use which limit
the amount of sodium nitrite to not more than 200 parts per million in
the finished meat product, and the amount of sodium nitrate to not more
than 500 parts per million in the finished meat product.
(b) To assure safe use of the additive, in addition to the other
information required by the Act:
(1) The label of the additive or of a mixture containing the
additive shall bear:
(i) The name of the additive.
(ii) A statement of the concentration of the additive in any
(2) If in a retail package intended for household use, the label and
labeling of the additive, or of a mixture containing the additive, shall
bear adequate directions for use to provide a final food product which
complies with the limitations prescribed in paragraph (a) of this
(3) If in a retail package intended for household use, the label of
the additive, or of a mixture containing the additive, shall bear the
statement ``Keep out of the reach of children''.
Additives that reference this regulation: