Nitrite-free rashers to hit British supermarkets

Bacon that is said to be free of nitrites, preservatives, E numbers and allergens will soon appear on supermarket shelves in what is being called “a remarkable feat of food technology”.

The Northern Irish food manufacturer Finnebrogue claims its Naked Bacon contains no nitrites – salts from chemical or natural sources added as a preservative, anti-microbial agent and colour fixative.

The World Health Organisation concluded in 2015 that processed meat, including bacon, is carcinogenic. It said one possible reason was that nitrites in the body could form carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines that damage DNA.

Finnebrogue said it worked with a Spanish chemist to develop the new flavouring from natural Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts and apply it to British bacon for the first time.

To read the Guardian’s report of Naked Bacon’s launch, click here.