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The Right Pack - Sodium Nitrates/Nitrides

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Sodium Nitrate-Something which we don’t use.

There are so many reasons why we believe that our products are superior than many others available out in the market … Hence we are riding on the previous caption from a year back to come up with a series of ”know-how-to” select the right pack for your family.

There have been studies years ago regarding risk of heart disease associated with the consumption of sodium nitrates used in food preservation. Sodium nitrates (sometimes consumer know it as prague powder) are used in some processed meats, such as bacon, sausages, ham, jerky and luncheon meats. Sodium nitrite is a multifunctional food additive, responsible for the characteristic color and flavor associated with cured meats.

Image: screenshot of sodium nitrate from google search

For a lame man (like myself), the easy-safe way to identify sodium nitrate is from its characteristic pinkish colour that it gives to its meat. Of coz, the safest way would be to study the ingredients stated on the packaging.

Image: Illustration of the pinkish colour you would expect if the process meat contains sodium nitrate.

The key question that we would like to answer in this post is : Do we use sodium nitrate in our products (i.e. meatballs)? The answer is obviously NO. We do not require sodium nitrate in our manufacturing process and we have no need of it anyway. Hence, our meatballs are made ethically to be enjoyed by everyone. The colour of the meatball is not pink as you can tell, it is 100% colour inherent of the meat we use to manufacture our meatballs.

Image: Illustration of the natural meat colour from Lion Dance brand meatballs > implying it does not contain sodium nitrate.

While all may seem obvious, we still do receive comments & feedbacks like “…Oh, we love Lion Dance Brand meatballs, but we try not to eat too much because of the sodium nitrate in it.” That is why, we felt the need to explain to everyone that in our long history since 1986, we have never dabbled with sodium nitrate, and as such, we also do not have a licence to use this chemical as well. (Yes, you need a licence from SFA to purchase and use this chemical substrate in your facility).

Feel safe to consume as much Lion Dance Brand meatballs as you would. Thank you for putting your trust in us, and we will strive to produce quality food products.

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