There should soon be a change in our plates. This Wednesday, January 13, three parliamentarians submitted a report recommending a ban on nitrites in cold meats, from 2023 for raw hams. For the cooked hams, the rillettes and the bacon, nitrites could disappear from January 2025.
Nitrites are controversial additives used toextend shelf life and prevent oxidation. However, they are also suspected of promote the appearance of certain cancers. In this report, consulted by Agence France-Presse, the authors rely on hearings of scientists to support their arguments. Like Professor Axel Kahn, president of the League against cancer who had assured that “the fact of treating deli meats with nitrites seems to be positively correlated” to an increase in the carcinogenic nature of meat.
For the future, the authors of this report recommend the prohibition of “the use of nitro additives in sausages from the 1st January 2023 for non-heat-treated meat products “and” from the 1st January 2025 for all charcuterie products “.
Support the sector
“This ban, which requires a real transition of the sector, must be accompanied by the public authorities, especially on the financial level”, believe the authors of the report, the MoDem deputy of Loiret, Richard Ramos, longtime opponent of nitrite additives , and her colleagues Barbara Bessot-Ballot (La République en Marche) and Michèle Crouzet (UDI). Thus, the authors of the report recommend supporting this transition “by establishment of a public fund intended to support theadaptation of production tools transformers “.
According to the report, “approximately 76% of the pork meats marketed in supermarkets contain nitrates or nitrites”. As for manufacturers, they are asking parliamentarians to wait for the publication of an opinion from ANSES (National Food Agency) requested by the government, to take up the subject. They defend the use of nitrites and ensure that the lack of preservatives in the charcuterie can promote the development of botulism. An argument rejected by the deputies because some products already offered without nitrites have not caused this type of effect.