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SODIUM NITRITE

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Moderate Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
High Concern
 
Cancer
 
Moderate Concern
 
Environment
 
Moderate Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Evidence of developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; circulatory system effects; general systemic/organ effects
SODIUM NITRITE can be found in 10 products.
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Level of Concern
 
Source
Very toxic to aquatic life
 
high
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes cardiac damage in animals.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 2003. Safety evaluation of certain food additives. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 50, 2003, nos 1053-1071 on INCHEM.
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes adrenal gland effects in animals.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 2003. Safety evaluation of certain food additives. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 50, 2003, nos 1053-1071 on INCHEM.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports this substance causes thyroid effects.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
2010. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Ingested nitrate and nitrite, and cyanobacterial peptide toxins. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans / World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer 94, v-vii, 1-412.
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance decreases growth in animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 2003. Safety evaluation of certain food additives. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 50, 2003, nos 1053-1071 on INCHEM.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports this substance is probably carcinogenic to humans when ingested.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
2010. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. Ingested nitrate and nitrite, and cyanobacterial peptide toxins. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans / World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer 94, v-vii, 1-412.
Toxic if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
moderate
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports that this substance causes lung inflammation in animals.
Only in: Food
 
moderate
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 2003. Safety evaluation of certain food additives. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 50, 2003, nos 1053-1071 on INCHEM.
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives reports this substance shows limited evidence of carcinogenicity.
Only in: Food
 
moderate
 
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). 2003. Safety evaluation of certain food additives. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 50, 2003, nos 1053-1071 on INCHEM.
NTP Toxcast scored 0.5-1.5
 
some
 
EWG Toxcast Analysis - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
 
 
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