Nitrite in feed: from animal health to human health.

  title={Nitrite in feed: from animal health to human health.},
  author={Andrew Cockburn and Gianfranco Brambilla and Maria-Luisa Fern{\'a}ndez and Davide Arcella and Luisa R. Bordajandi and Bruce Cottrill and Carlos van Peteghem and Jean Lou Dorne},
  journal={Toxicology and applied pharmacology},
  volume={270 3},
Nitrite is widely consumed from the diet by animals and humans. However the largest contribution to exposure results from the in vivo conversion of exogenously derived nitrate to nitrite. Because of its potential to cause to methaemoglobin (MetHb) formation at excessive levels of intake, nitrite is regulated in feed and water as an undesirable substance. Forages and contaminated water have been shown to contain high levels of nitrate and represent the largest contributor to nitrite exposure for… CONTINUE READING


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