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December 1997 Issue

The Good(!) News About Cured Meat Products

If may seem oxymoronic to say there's good news about hot dogs, bacon, bologna and other cured meats. But according to a recent study of cured meats, including low-fat and fat-free varieties, nitrite levels have declined dramatically in recent years in the U.S. Sodium nitrite is a food preservative that safeguards against Clostridium botulinum, whose spores are the cause of rare, but deadly botulism. It also gives cured meats that characteristic taste and

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